Using farms as carbon sinks will help reach greenhouse targets

Farmers can offset up to 2.5% of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions just by rezoning their land. If the government were to introduce a price on carbon alongside their carbon tax, the financial incentive for farmers to change the use of their land from grazing to carbon sinks could see Australia reduce its carbon emissions significantly, researchers say.

Reducing grazing pressure in Eastern Australia’s mulga lands would result in an increase in groundcover and water infiltration and retention capacity in the soil, and have the added benefit of reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Read more at The University of Queensland