Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity: Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Environmental Degradation

Wayne A. White

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October 18, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 250 Pages - 15 Color & 16 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439853634 - CAT# K12475
Series: Social Environmental Sustainability

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Features

  • Provides examples of restorative land management practices in a variety of ecosystems
  • Summarizes recent climate change research, including in areas of remaining uncertainties, such as aerosols
  • Illustrates the importance of diversity, perennialism, and minimal disturbance for healthy ecological functioning
  • Discusses conservation programs that provide technical and financial assistance to land owners and managers
  • Provides quantitative estimates of enhanced carbon sequestration possible through restorative land management
  • Shows how enhancing carbon sequestration in the land system has multiple ecological benefits that improve resilience to increasingly frequent drought and flooding
  • Includes an eight-page color insert

Summary

Increased throughput of carbon-based fossil energy, the destruction of Earth’s forests, and other land use changes have resulted in ever higher levels of waste in the form of greenhouse gases—as well as a diminished capacity of the planet to absorb and store those wastes. This means that to avoid catastrophic global warming and maintain the habitability of Earth by protecting essential soil and water resources, we will need to not only reduce emissions, but also increase carbon storage in the land system. Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity: Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Environmental Degradation discusses ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and build soil by changing the way people use and manage land.

Principles and Practices for Better Land Management

Examining biosequestration in social, economic, and political context, the book reviews recent scientific evidence on climate change and global ecological degradation and explains how the carbon cycle has been transformed by destructive land use practices, such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. It describes the principles of biosequestration and restorative land management practices and discusses the potential of carbon storage. The author offers specific examples of inexpensive, proven practices that build soil, protect scarce water resources, and enhance ecological diversity. He also identifies conservation policies that provide technical assistance and financial resources for ecological protection and restoration.

How You Can Help Mitigate Climate Change with a Little Piece of Land

Restorative land use and land management practices are critical components of any comprehensive strategy for mitigating and adapting to climate change and global environmental degradation. This book explains how anyone who owns or manages land—from an apartment to a city lot to a farm, forest, park, or even a golf course—can help protect and enhance the biological sequestration of carbon.