A recent study in Science Advances led by The Nature Conservancy and 21 institutional partners, determined that restoring lands and coastal wetlands could have a much bigger role in reducing global climate change than previously thought. ESSIC associate research professor Ariana Sutton-Grier is a co-author.
The report noted that by adjusting 21 natural management practices to increase carbon storage and avoid greenhouse emissions, nature’s contribution could equal 21% of the nation’s current annual emissions. This suggests that land management to promote natural climate sinks can be one important part of the U.S. strategy to mitigate climate change impacts, although the study also notes that reducing emissions must also be part of the strategy.
At ESSIC, Sutton-Grier is an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in wetland ecology and restoration, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate change, and ecosystem services.
To read the full press release by The Nature Conservancy, click here: “New Study Reveals Natural Solutions Can Reduce Global Warming”.