Compost sequesters carbon,adds nutrients, improves soil structure/water-retaining capacity, Thus alleviating #floodrisk/#zerohunger and replacing artificial fertiliser, which does nothing for soils structure/water retention, kills worms and the run-off fuels ocean #eutrophication algae blooms. However, compostable resources are destroyed in the wasteful ‘energy-from-waste’ burning process. Compostable ‘organics’ ( see contracts page for proof) would help solve the current climate crisis, on many fronts including soil degradation/erosion/hunger/flooding/eutrophication/deoxygenation. Photo shows eutrophication on the shoreline at Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. Eutrophication is destroying oceans, rivers worldwide – other reports below:-
- https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/11/825/htm – Shenzhen, China, where the worlds biggest incinerator is planned. Ironic
- From U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Service- “The primary culprits in eutrophication appear to be excess nitrogen and phosphorus—from sources including fertilizer runoff and septic system effluent to atmospheric fallout from burning fossil fuels—which enter waterbodies and fuel the overgrowth of algae, which, in turn, reduces water quality and degrades estuarine and coastal ecosystems.” https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/eutrophication.html
- overuse of nitrate fertiliser in the UK, causing eutrophication – https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/656/65611.htm
- nitrogen overload in Florida, US, impacting on Everglades coral https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715164652.htm
IUCN REPORT JAN 2020 https://www.unitgraphics.com/deox/IUCNDeoxreportBOOK15-11-2019.pdf confirms 3.2 pg 118 Ocean deoxygenation from eutrophication’ “Post-industrial expansion in the 1850s,human alterations to watersheds, and increasing use of artificial fertilizers in the 1950s to present have increased
the amount of reactive nitrogen (Nr-N) in the ecosphere by three-fold.”
Valuable bio-organic materials, biowaste/foodwaste etc, which could create compost, are destroyed in the so-called ‘energy-from-waste’ process. Yet Mass Balance reveals more energy is wasted than the tiny amount created, if at all. See also contracts page for proof that compostable materials (alongside many other resources) are to be wasted, worldwide, for the ‘Clean Development Mechanism/ ‘Sustainable Development Mechanism’ scheme in Article 6 of COP25 draft.
NB We do not support biochar, which is ‘torrefaction’ of wood. There is a torrefaction plant in Derby, UK pouring out woodsmoke and air pollution, causing misery to residents and polluting the air with black carbon, noxious emissions, heavy metals.
Bioenergy is greenwash, and a high-carbon, energy-inefficient waste of resources. See contracts page for example.