Day: August 5, 2018

The Potential of U.S. Grazing Lands to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate the Greenhouse Effect

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Summary: This book is edited by the world’s leading soil scientists, including Rattan Lal of Ohio State University. It describes grazing lands, the areas they occupy, and their important role in sequestering C to help mitigate the greenhouse effect…. Read more »

Review of Evidence on Drylands Pastoral Systems and Climate Change: Implications and Opportunities for Mitigation and Adaptation

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Summary: This report highlights the importance of drylands, grazing lands and livestock-based livelihoods and illustrates their relationship with climate and with climate mitigation through the adoption of methodologies to restore soil. The editors write “There… Read more »

Soil Carbon Sequestration in U.S. Rangelands

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Summary: This Environmental Defense Fund issues paper from 2009 recognized the magnitude of rangelands as a global ecosystem (up to half the land surface area of the planet) and of rangeland soils as a carbon sink suitable to mitigate global warming through proper management actions (“protocols”). It… Read more »

Challenges and opportunities for carbon sequestration in grassland systems: a technical report on grassland management and climate mitigation

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Summary: This 2010 FAO report by lead editor Richard Conant of Colorado State University, makes a strong case for grasslands restoration as a climate mitigation strategy and “improved grazing management” as one of the… Read more »

Soil Carbon Sequestration in Grazing Lands: Societal Benefits and Policy Implications

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Summary: This paper from 2010 is a compilation of previous studies on grazing lands and carbon drawdown which themselves date from the 1990s. It shows that grazing lands/rangelands are major stores of terrestrial carbon, occupying approximately 3.6 billion hectares and accounting… Read more »