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Environmental Science and Policy
Soil carbon sequestration and reductions in fertilizer nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural lands are cost-effective sources of mitigation that could help the U.S. meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets. However, existing studies of economic potential are incomplete and do not include recommendations for implementing policies. To take advantage of soil emissions mitigation opportunities, USDA will first need to commission an updated study linking technical potential to abatement costs. Second, it will need to analyze the barriers to adoption of BMPs and assess which policies are best-suited to achieving each category of soil emissions mitigation. These will include a combination of existing programs that can be focused on greenhouse gases, new programs USDA will need to create, and areas where it can partner with private markets to drive emissions reductions.
© Lucy Metz
Metz, Lucy, "Climate Mitigation from U.S. Agricultural Soils: Technical Potential, Costs, and Policy Options" (2022). Special Studies, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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