A Quote by Freeman Dyson on facts, hope, plants, and understanding

(On the anthropogenic increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration) The essential fact which emerges . . . is that the three smallest and most active reservoirs (of carbon in the global carbon cycle), the atmosphere, the plants and the soil, are all of roughly the same size. This means that large human disturbance of any one of these reservoirs will have large effects on all three. We cannot hope either to understand or to manage the carbon in the atmosphere unless we understand and manage the trees and the soil too.

Freeman Dyson

Source: Freeman Dyson, From Eros to Gaia, Penguin Books, London, NY, 1993, pp 132-133.

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