Returning nutrients, including animal feces, to the land is important to maintain the soil’s capacity to sequester carbon.
Regenerative agriculture has the potential to build production and reducing pollution, but it needs a clearer definition.
A wildfire moves towards the town of Anzac from Fort McMurray, Alta. in May 2016.
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The boreal forest is being reshaped by wildfire. As climate change intensifies wildfire activity, the boreal forest will likely become a carbon source.
No-till farming conserves soil by greatly reducing erosion.
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More than one-fifth of global warming emissions come from land use. Sustainable farming can make soil healthier and better able to soak up carbon, while saving energy and boosting food production.
Rock Hills Ranch in South Dakota uses managed grazing techniques to maintain healthy, diverse plant communities in its pastures.
US agriculture is dominated by large farms that rely on chemical inputs. In contrast, regenerative farming makes land and water healthier by mimicking nature instead of trying to control it.
Snowpack protects tree roots and soil from harmful freeze/thaw cycles.
Climate change is shrinking winter snow cover in Northeast forests, which protects tree roots and soil from repeated freezing and thawing. This could stunt tree growth and forest carbon storage.
Wastes from facilities like this cheese factory could find uses in agriculture.
Leftover lactose from cheese production shows early promise as a treatment that can help soils retain water and nutrients, making them more resistant to drought.
Freshwater cypress swamp, First Landing State Park, Va.
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Wetlands are some of the world's most undervalued weapons against climate change. They store huge quantities of carbon – but without better protection, many could soon be drained or paved over.
More carbon stays in the soil when farmers leave their fields alone between harvesting and planting.
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The Paris climate agreement aims to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. We need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we can also make gains with carbon farming.
Pollution has increased carbon in our soils - which is good for climate change. But this carbon may not stay there for long.
Healthy soil from an Oregon farm.
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To help feed a growing world population, restore biodiversity and slow climate change, a geologist calls for a moon shot effort to restore healthy soil around the world.
A farmer harvests soybeans near Lenox, Iowa.
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Whether or not farmers believe human activities are changing the climate (many don't), an agriculture specialist urges them to pursue payments for techniques that return carbon to the soil.
Water and agriculture is high on the agenda at this year’s climate talks.
The current climate talks in Morocco are a golden opportunity for making strides on the adaptation of African agriculture. African countries need the tools necessary to do so.
Beefy problem: livestock emit methane, but the soils where they graze can be much more climate-friendly than cropland.
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Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.
The world’s soils store four times more carbon than its plants.
A new bid to boost the amount of carbon stored in the world's soils has been launched at the Paris climate summit.
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Plans to store more carbon in French soil could have a massive impact on the country's emissions – if they can pull it off.
Koalas are one of the threatened species that could benefit from carbon farming.
With bids open today for the government's Emissions Reduction Fund, experts explain how storing carbon can be a win for wildlife too.
Lush rainforest above ground… spare a thought for what’s happening in the soil.
It’s no exaggeration to say the tropics drive our planet’s carbon cycle – the constant transfer of carbon back and forth, on a global scale, between living things and the environment. Understanding the…
A property in South Australia’s Clare Valley, where the farmer has planted hundreds of gum trees.
Australian farmers and rural land owners are being told that they will be given powerful and direct incentives to store carbon in the land under the federal government’s new climate policy. But is that…
Soils which formed on the Earth’s surface thousands of years ago and are now fossils buried deep underground are rich in…
Global warming will act as a catalyst for increased aridity and result in an imbalance of soil nutrients and decreased productivity…