Carbon sequestration estimate in US increased -- barring a drought
Forests of the United States have more capacity than previously estimated to sequester carbon, especially the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest.
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#1 Apr 16, 2011
Since drought in the central plains is a high probability given the increase in AGW, it makes sense to think about the AGRICULTURAL land and how it might benefit from increased carbon content.
Basically, we should be 'improving' the soils with more carbon which would do two things. One is that it would reduce runoff (retaining more water) which would increase total rainfall (from evaportation/precipitation cycling) to make serious droughts less prevalent and shorter. And the other is that it would make plants grow better and retain more minerals from the fertilizers used, rather than promoting algae in the lakes and streams.
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