JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Storing more carbon in soils is currently of great interest, as a way to slow the addition of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a gas that slows the release of heat from the earth to space and has been steadily increasing in the atmosphere since the late 1800s. This has been shown to be slowly increasing earth’s temperature.
Can more carbon be stored in soil? How can that be done? How long will it stay in the soil?
You can learn more on carbon’s impact on soils and climate in an online University of Illinois Extension webinar at 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Register at go.illinois.edu/soilcarbon.
Extension Educator Duane Friend will discuss why Midwest soils are so productive, changes in soil organic matter over the past 150 years, how climate trends may affect soil organic matter, and potential options for increasing and storing soil organic matter.
–University of Illinois Extension
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