Restoring Abandoned Farmland to Mitigate Climate Change on a Full Earth

Yi Yang, Sarah E. Hobbie, Rebecca R. Hernandez, Joseph Fargione, Steven M. Grodsky, David Tilman, Yong Guan Zhu, Yu Luo, Timothy M. Smith, Jacob M. Jungers, Ming Yang, Wei Qiang Chen

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations

Abstract

Global climate change and land degradation are two grand changes facing humanity. In this perspective, we examine how degraded and abandoned farmland can be harnessed to fight climate change. Building upon and extending natural climate solutions, we suggest that the carbon capture and storage of abandoned farmland can be accelerated and maximized through restoring the diversity of plant species, applying biochar to soil, and co-developing renewable energy such as solar power. The benefits of these approaches extend far beyond climate-change mitigation and land restoration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-186
Number of pages11
JournalOne Earth
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 21 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Y.Y. acknowledges funding provided by the Key Laboratory of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment at Chongqing University, R.R.H. is supported by Agricultural Experiment Station Hatch projects (CA-R-A-6689- H and CA-D-LAW-2352-H), and R.R.H. and S.M.G. are supported by a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (L19AC00279). Research contributing some of the ideas presented here was supported by the Cedar Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program (National Science Foundation DEB-1234162 and DEB-1831944).

Funding Information:
Y.Y. acknowledges funding provided by the Key Laboratory of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region’s Eco-Environment at Chongqing University, R.R.H. is supported by Agricultural Experiment Station Hatch projects ( CA-R-A-6689- H and CA-D-LAW-2352-H ), and R.R.H. and S.M.G. are supported by a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management ( L19AC00279 ). Research contributing some of the ideas presented here was supported by the Cedar Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program ( National Science Foundation DEB-1234162 and DEB-1831944 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Authors

Copyright:
Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Restoring Abandoned Farmland to Mitigate Climate Change on a Full Earth'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this