Soil and Climate Change

Carbon dioxide is one of the key gases responsible for causing climate change. But healthy soils can be a strategically in mitigating and adapting to climate change. This is because soils sequester and hold carbon dioxide preventing it from escaping into our atmosphere. There is more organic carbon in our soil than there is in our ground vegetation and atmosphere combined. Worldwide one thousand four hundred and seventeen peter tons of carbon are stored in the first meter of the soil. Four hundred and fifty-six pizza tons of carbon is stored in the above below-ground vegetation and dead organic matter. 

Organic matter plays a critical role in sequestering carbon dioxide the higher the organic content of the soil the higher its sequestration potential. However soil degradation through deforestation loss of nutrients compaction erosion and waterlogging and urbanization cause our soil to emit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and climate change, but if we protect our soils and manage them sustainably we can combat climate change.


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