Unfortunately, these direct cooling effects are currently not taken into account when considering which climate measures should be taken.
The underestimated value of nature is an untapped potential to harvest
Harvesting this very valuable untapped cooling potential forms the basis to create a free climate insurance.
Or suppose you are unsure whether nature directly adds cooling capacity via ‘green water’, then that same climate insurance policy is also a risk-free experiment at the same time.
Be smart by minimizing our regret
Given that we are not willing to gamble with our future and given the cooling signs that nature cools we want to minimize our regrets.
It could just be that restoring nature is the most crucial measure to save our climate and that without restoring nature this could be impossible.
Minimizing our regrets means doing both things, slowing down the CO2 concentration and maximizing the cooling potential of nature.
We can do this by tilting the climate investments towards investing in nature.
List all CO2 measures that are possible until 2050 to achieve the Paris Agreement.
Divide the list into (A) technological solutions and (B) green natural solutions.
Then order each list in such a way that the cheapest solution per gigaton of CO2 uptake or reduction is shown at the top and the most expensive at the bottom.
Make sure you are CO2 neutral for the next 15 years with regard to the CO2 targets of Paris, but where possible fill in the CO2 target by investing in the recovery of Earths airconditioning.
When the recovery of Earths active airconditioning stabilizes or cools down the temperature, the Paris goals will come closer, and the most expensive investments of list A will not have to be made.
Restoring nature is not only a recipe to lower our climate risks to minimize our regrets, but we will also enhance the likelyhood of a faster recovery with lower cost together with more positive social impact.