Michigan State University researchers find that land management practices further reduce CO2 emissions: Biofuels Digest

In Michigan, an integrated approach to land management practices in the United States can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere much more than previous estimates based on separate approaches, according to Michigan State University researchers. Their research was published May 31 in the journal Global Change Biology.

Researchers are now discovering how the combination of these practices could reduce carbon dioxide levels essential to keeping global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

Land management that naturally captures more carbon dioxide in soils, trees and natural areas has long been known to have the potential to reduce emissions. Bioenergy uses plant-based fuels to run cars on ethanol or electricity, and during its production the carbon dioxide it releases can be stored geologically or sequestered underground.

The researchers attributed management practices known to reduce or capture greenhouse gases in croplands, pastures and forests to different parts of the American landscape. Practices included reforestation, forest and grassland management, cropland practices like cover crops and direct seeding, and bioenergy production on land not used to grow food. Many of these practices have additional benefits, including improved soil health, biodiversity, and water quality.

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