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A Day in the Life - Have you sequestered your carbon yet?


A Day in the Life: James Rambaud, a Research Technician at Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle gives us an insight into carbon sequestration.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been a buzz word linked to climate change for decades now. It is in fact a natural and normal constituent of the air that surrounds us. It keeps the temperature of the earth at an approximate +15°C. Without it, life on earth would not be possible as temperatures would average -18°C. The problem is, due to human-related activities, there is now far too much CO2 in our atmosphere which ‘superheats’ the surface of the earth causing once stable ecosystems to become unbalanced.

Have you ever seen what effect having too much CO2 has on our atmosphere? Here we have a small experiment that you can try at home which demonstrates the effect.

Did you know that with the help of plants and careful land management we can remove some of that CO2 from our atmosphere and store it underground as Carbon (C)? Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in plant material or soil. Carbon stored in soils is often called soil organic carbon and it is good for soils, improving their workability, water holding capacity, and productivity. Ecosystems that can sequester more CO2 than they release are termed carbon sinks, while those that emit more than they sequester are termed carbon sources. With careful management, agricultural soils can be carbon sinks but if poorly managed can quickly become sources. Restoring drained wetlands and planting extra hedgerows, forestry and woodlands are all excellent ways to increase your carbon sequestration potential.

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