- This article is written by Craig Dremann for PWP from Redwood City, California, United States of America
What I am suggesting, is that both Pakistan and Arabia, are going to be the first two areas on the planet, where the effects of global warming will be experienced in a very dramatic way, when the increased atmospheric moisture content breaks through the 6,000 year old atmospheric dust cloud that was formed when the grazing animals ate away the perennial native grasses to expose the bare soil that produces the dust every year.
The solution, to bring back the rains gently instead as floods, is to revegetate the watersheds with the local native grasses and trees so that the rains fall gentle instead of running off as flash floods like in Arabia, and the water gets soaked into the ground, with the roots acting like a sponge.
There is no physical reason why the Indian summer monsoon rains should stop in western India every summer, except that it stops at both the edge of the natural vegetation, and it also hits the leading edge of the atmospheric dust that blocks its westward movement.
That also causes flooding in central India that way, when the western movement of the moisture gets blocked by the atmospheric dust, and lingers over India.
Another alternative, is to pay the local people, to convert barren arid parts of the country where the atmospheric dust originates, to buy their flocks that are currently grazing these marginal lands, and to get carbon credits from the Industrialized nations, to pay for those people to have jobs replanting the grasses and trees that their flocks eliminated. Soil carbon from grass roots, can stay in the soil for thousands of years, and would be the perfect solution for the countries trying to put the atmospheric CO2 carbon somewhere for a long period of time.
When properly revegetated, both central Pakistan and central Arabia should get annually, between 80 cm. and 1.2 meters of gentle precipitation every year. The alternative, is when the dust clears during the monsoon season, would be massive floods again, because the atmospheric moisture is getting stronger than the atmospheric dust effects that have kept both Pakistan and Arabia dry for 6,000 years.
I am hoping that the government of Pakistan would be interested in investigating the possibilities, of harvesting the gentle summer monsoonal rains. Establishing some Ecological Restoration Preserves in the most arid parts of the watersheds, and replanting the local Pakistani native perennial grasses and Pakistani trees in those Preserves, could help the whole country, obtain more evenly spaced rainfall in the summer, and also protect the lands from flash floods in the future.
These theories (here and here) might be useful for people in Pakistan who are studying weather patterns, and be able to observe and confirm if my theories about the rainfall being influenced by the natural vegetation and the atmospheric dust. My contact email is email@example.com
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