Global Climate Change: World Soils

Authored by: Rattan Lal

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120042696

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Abstract

World soils play a major role in the global carbon cycle. The soil organic carbon pool is highly dynamic, concentrated near the soil surface, and comprises material of plant and animal origin at various stages of decay and decomposition. There has been a steady increase in the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases since the beginning of agriculture, but more strongly with the onset of the industrial revolution in the 1850s. This increase is primarily due to human activities.

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