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The Soil Will Save Us

How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming
Auteur(s): Kristin Ohlson
Narrateur(s): Dina Pearlman
Durée: 7 h et 35 min
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Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming.

As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a local chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food, and environmentalism and the discovery of the only significant way to remove carbon dioxide from the air—an ecological approach that tends not only to plants and animals but also to the vast population of underground microorganisms that fix carbon in the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries—scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers—who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: Drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.

©2013 Kristin Ohlson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Au global
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  • Michael Dowd
  • 2014-09-20

Superb science, storytelling, and narration voice

What made the experience of listening to The Soil Will Save Us the most enjoyable?

Some authors include time-wasting details in order to sound like they are telling a story. The author here includes only those details that help the understanding. Also, I have never heard a better reader-voice. Wow!

What did you like best about this story?

Direct, highly relevant, and superbly well read.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

The narrator herself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Again, I have never heard a better narrator voice.

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  • See Reverse
  • 2016-07-17

Underground Carbon

Where does The Soil Will Save Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top half. This book isn't overly technical, but it tells enough stories to help reveal a new understanding of soil. Coming out of an era where conservation means "hands off" or "controlled burns", this book outlines an idea that shouldn't have been so elusive for us... natural systems build healthy (carbon rich) soil.

What did you like best about this story?

The story gave me enough of an idea of how to build a natural system in my yard, that I built a small garden, and started cultivating natural grass. We'll see how it goes, but the book definitely inspired me to try it.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

She plays herself well, as narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The soil that won the climate war.

Any additional comments?

The book touches on climate change, and the politics on each side of the issue, but really this story is about soil.

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  • Steven
  • 2015-06-14

A book vital to the human species

The more people read this book and act on it, the less disastrous the 21st century will be for us all.

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  • Charles Phillips
  • 2018-10-17

Rambling, mile wide, inch deep treatment of a subject

Perhaps titling the book more accurately would have helped. To me it was summaries of people like Gabe Brown’s writings, silly descriptions of the many conferences and farms she attended, historical and political references. My expectations were for an in depth, useful, pragmatic treatment of the subject of the soil. I found little to inspire the application of useful information (there was little supplied) to my own cultivation of the soil on my land.

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  • thomas
  • 2015-05-21

If you have a problem with is amazing book it's not the book

This book functions as an elegant and exceptionally persuasive argument for completely rethinking our relationship with the earth and how we grow what we need to exist. Bravo!

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  • Casey Bradford
  • 2018-10-02

Enjoyable!

Thanks for writing this. I really enjoyed it :)
I learned a great deal and changed my life as a result.
This book made me smile and stuff!

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  • Hope N.
  • 2016-02-12

comprehensive and optimistic

Enjoyed the scientific review and feeling optimistic about climate change, narrarator was dry and cannot pronounce place names or some science terms correctly.

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  • Wild Onion
  • 2014-11-16

Easy to Digest Science

If you could sum up The Soil Will Save Us in three words, what would they be?

This author writes about carbon sequestration and climate change in a a logical and easy to understand way. The scientific explanations provided are both accurate and surprisingly (for a non-science writer) thorough. The Soill Will Save Us should be required reading for high school students and freshman science majors. It's also great for those starting to learn about climate change too. And for the more advanced, this book is a great instructional tool for students, as well as vindication to know that the message is tricking out to non-scientists. Ohlson does a great job presenting complex ideas - making it easy to digest for us all.

What did you like best about this story?

Structure

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  • Dr. A. B. ONEILL
  • 2014-10-18

An important message of hope.

Would you listen to The Soil Will Save Us again? Why?

Lots of interesting material and insights.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The accents are terrible! The narrator tries to imitate an indian which I find distracting because it is so poorly done. Also she tries to imitate Australian ones which insulted me!!!!

Any additional comments?

Some very interesting information and great to learn that the ability to heal our planet is indeed in the very substance that made us, the earth.

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  • eve
  • 2019-06-17

Excitingly Hopeful

You have my complete attention because that is the most hopeful sentence I have read this year.

I loved this book! It was entertaining, interesting, global, and above all excitingly hopeful.

I literally started a conversation on soil at the dog park this morning! I just took in the compact stony dirt, the exposed roots, and declared, “If we don’t add three inches of top soil the trees will die. If the trees die, the park dies.” (I am only reasonably certain this is correct but regret nothing!)

This got everyone’s attention. The park is useless without the shade of the trees. I even suggested using the stormed down trees as mulch to start that growth. They listened! Now we’re mobilizing to do something!

Published in 2014 this book interviews mavericks who have since gone on to publish their own books. I want to read them all!

Come on everyone, soil advocacy is the new green!