Here are Pat’s comments for MBCA on CO2 Emissions of the Paradise Valley Project.
The following links include research documents elaborating on the science behind Pat’s comments:
1. The 2014 National Park Service Report on Carbon Sequestration in Parksincludes data on Joshua Tree National Park.
2. A Desert Report article “The Desert Under Our Feet”by the Morongo Basin’s own Robin Kobaly discusses how the amazing biology under our soil is critical to a healthy desert and absorption of carbon dioxide.
3. A very technical study called “Greater ecosystem carbon in the Mojave Desert after 10 years exposure to CO2”concludes that “arid ecosystems are significant, previously unrecognized, sinks for atmospheric CO2 that must be accounted for in efforts to constrain terrestrial and global C(arbon) cycles.”
4. A brief summary of arid lands carbon sequestration research from Washington State University, “Research: Arid areas absorb unexpected amounts of carbon”points out the importance of arid ecosystems.