Study: As forests, grasslands gave way to farms, soil carbon emissions soared
BY MARK FOSS
The conversion of pasture to agricultural land has released more carbon from the soil in several South American grasslands in the past 40 years than the conversion of forests to grassland during the three centuries before, according to a new report.
Not only does lost soil carbon cause land degradation and undermine biodiversity, the carbon emissions also contribute to climate change.
With 2015 named the UN International Year of Soils, the book in which the report is published, Soil Carbon: Science, Management and Policy for Multiple Benefits, is well timed.
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