America is Relocating All of Its Farmers to Mars in An Effort to Combat Climate Change

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Now, a group of scientists, including former NASA astronaut and now professor of planetary sciences at the US National Space Academy, are warning in a new paper that the process could harm not only the agricultural land that grows crops like corn, soy and sugar cane with corn producing its “largest carbon footprint” — as the US government considers the impact — but also the climate.

According to a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters, a team has built a model of the effects of a Mars-sourced ethanol blend on atmospheric processes and global carbon dioxide levels.

“We see the effects on CO 2 from the process as quite significant,” said lead author Christopher Fong, a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The reason for these kinds of effects in a model setting is that carbon dioxide is captured and transported into the atmosphere by the atmosphere.”

Fong and his colleagues were specifically interested in methane, a greenhouse gas that is 30 times more effective at trapping heat that humans want to offset via greenhouse gas emissions, than natural emissions.

The scientists’ research involved using the Earth’s atmosphere, or hemispheres, to determine the amount of methane released into the atmosphere at 1-mile depth (0.6 kilometer) in a Martian summer and the rate at which methane is transported into the atmosphere. They used observations of carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere and observations of methane in the Martian atmosphere to get a handle on both factors.

“The way that CO 2 can be reduced by plant growth is by increasing atmospheric temperature but the way that methane can be reduced by plant growth is by increasing atmospheric methane,” Fong said.

Fong explained that the results reveal the extent to which Martian agriculture could influence climate. For the record, the United States produces roughly 7% of its total dietary needs via food production, and it would take a substantial amount of water to produce a third half.

“The amount of water that can be extracted from all agricultural lands on Earth would be enough to supply all of humanity for a period of three years, and that’s based on only about two percent of the crop land on Earth — which is an important point. The other two percent of the crop land is in Antarctica, with an average per acre water value of 0.5 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit [0.8 to 1.9 degrees Celsius],” he said.

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