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Harnessing the Power of Soil to Close the Gap to Net Zero

A big climate love to Downforce and Jacqueline McGlade for their recent work that has uncovered the potential net-zero solution hiding right underneath our feet: Soil.
There’s actually more carbon stored beneath our feet than has been released into the atmosphere, and it can take plenty more!
There’s actually more carbon stored beneath our feet than has been released into the atmosphere, and it can take plenty more!

Downforce’s research suggests that making marginal improvements to agricultural soils worldwide could be the key to keeping global heating within the critical 1.5°C threshold. Apparently, by making improvements that result in 1% more carbon being stored in approximately half of the world's agricultural soils could absorb a staggering 31 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide annually. This amount nearly aligns with the 32 gigatonnes gap between current emissions reduction plans and the targets set to limit global heating. By embracing innovative farming techniques and investing in the health of our soils, we can take significant steps towards closing the gap to net-zero and securing a more sustainable future for generations to come. And this isn’t the only study that corroborates this finding, as Beef Central’s recent study has outlined some similar, albeit modest carbon sequestration improvements in Australia. As the World Economic Forum's Tania Strauss rightly stated, "Soil is like a bank account" - it's time we invest in its richness for the benefit of both the planet and ourselves.” By adopting smarter farming techniques that enhance fertility, yield, and carbon storage, we can potentially close the gap between planned emissions reduction and the carbon cuts needed by 2030 to stay on track for a safer climate future. And what this discovery truly showcases is that there are more solutions out there waiting to be discovered. We’re already harnessing the power of renewables, circular economies & business models, and carbon reduction, and yet there’s still more we’re uncovering that helps inch us closer to our net zero goals. In other words, We Can Do It!


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  • Alan Solomon

    43 w

    👍

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      • George Kariuki

        43 w

        The call to embrace innovative farming techniques and invest in soil health I strongly resonate with.

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        • Fergus Graham

          43 w

          The latest film from the makers of Kiss The Ground are about to release their next film, Common Ground, which will inevitably shine a light on the importance of Soil. I’m also supporting a similar documentary, Six Inches of Soil - https://www.sixinchesofsoil.org/ - which is really exciting. Focused on the UK and will be out later this year on a limited release. Full release next year. I recommend following it. Lots of momentum building around this whole topic…

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          • Ingmar Rentzhog

            43 w

            @fergus_graham_183 Thanks. that is good. Sounds like a really important project

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          • Cynthia Joan Morrison

            43 w

            But ... Soils or plants will absorb more CO2 as carbon levels rise – but not both, Stanford study finds: The results contradict a widely accepted assumption in climate models that biomass and soil carbon will increase in tandem in the coming decades and highlight the importance of grasslands in helping to draw down carbon. https://news.stanford.edu/2021/03/24/one-earths-biggest-carbon-sinks-overestimated/?fbclid=IwAR2xPh7W3M8k276UvnYu-ujywLmziRDN7KN-mTcSXcdH4Dg_tMOgBKx6vHo

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            • Ajema Lydiah

              43 w

              A great initiative

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              • Karen Williams

                43 w

                And recently I heard of a company who creates soil in a tiny fraction of the time nature takes. If this was used as well it would appear to be great combination where soil has been depleted.

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                • Ingmar Rentzhog

                  43 w

                  @karen_williams interesting. Do you have a link where I can read more about how you make soil

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                  • Sigrid Carole Davis

                    43 w

                    @Rentzhog The company mentioned in the film "The Need to Grow" is Regenitech LLC. The founding member is Michael Smith.

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                  • DIPANJANA MAULIK

                    43 w

                    Increasing the carbon content in soil carbon is a good idea and the success of this particular project in a particular area is encouraging. But we must remember that soil conditions vary widely and calculating the global carbon reduction potential on basis of this isolated study is oversimplification of the problem in hand. This study can be an eye opener and a good example on basis of which site-specific carbon capture plan can be developed. One may go through the detail study report to understand what kind of detailing have been done for this particular study area. The soil condition, agricultural practices, nitrogen content, livestock types, Ribosome content, types of microbes, plant physiology, grazing intensity, - everything significantly vary from one field to another field. Site specific planning and implementation shall be required to achieve desired level of carbon storage. Large scale implementation of appropriate good practices can contribute to significant reduction of CO2 emissions. This successful case study of earning hefty carbon credit can act as an incentive for many agricultural practitioners to opt for earning carbon credits by introducing carbon enrichment, This study shows the scope of improvement. But again, progress shall never be uniform. Overall, it is good start, which still has miles go.

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                    • Markus Lutteman

                      43 w

                      Very interesting. Would love to know more about this study.

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                    • Jan Berggren

                      43 w

                      This is astonishing and amazing; WOW I will immediately contact my farmer friend - farmer with an a ! - to discuss this

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                      • Martin Meirhofer

                        43 w

                        Great idea! Who teaches, implements, sponsors, controls and reports progress?

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                        • Petter Körnemark

                          43 w

                          @martin_meirhofer yes, and how easy to implement? Let's hope we'll get some answers from Downforce

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                        • Princess

                          43 w

                          Utilizing the strength of soil to bridge the path towards net zero is truly a smart and impressive approach. Great job on taking such a innovative and impactful step!

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                          • hilda Wangui

                            43 w

                            Amazing milestone

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                            • johnte ndeto

                              43 w

                              What an amazing idea

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