[permaculture] Bamboo — the Magic Bullet to Rapid Carbon Sequestration? | Inter Press Service

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Wed Dec 12 22:58:49 EST 2018


Bamboo — the Magic Bullet to Rapid Carbon Sequestration? | Inter Press
Service
http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/12/bamboo-magic-bullet-rapid-carbon-sequestration/

“According to the Guinness Book of Records, bamboo is the fastest growing
plant in the world,” said Dr. Hans Friederich, the Director General of
the International
Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) <https://www.inbar.int/>.

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Bamboo is actually a giant grass plant in the family of Poaceae. Some
species grow tall and many people refer to them as bamboo trees.

And because it is a grass, if you cut it, it grows back so quickly, making
it one of the most the ideal crop for rapid actions in terms of
sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, according to Friederich, who has a
PhD in groundwater hydrochemistry.

Depending on the species, bamboo can reach full maturity in one to five
years, making it perhaps the only tree-like plant that can keep up with the
rate of human consumption in terms of fuel, timber and deforestation,
according to experts. This is unlike hardwood trees, which can take up to
40 years to grow to maturity."


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