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Report on Usefullness of Grasslands In Mitigating Climate Change

The United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization has released a report which finds that proper use of grassland can assist in reducing carbon dioxide and therefore aid in combating Climate Change. In a summary of the report, Constance Neely, co-author of the report, is quoted as saying: “Grasslands represent the majority of the world’s agricultural area and they hold an enormous amount of the soil carbon, so we have a fantastic potential to have both better livelihoods and a better natural resource base while mitigating and adapting to climate change,”

The report goes on to claim that if between 5 and 10 percent of all grazing lands were placed under carbon sequestration management by 2020, the result could be the storage of 184 million metric tons of carbon a year.

-Steven Silverberg

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