Scientists Outline Agenda for Soil Carbon Sequestration

An international group of scientists have published a commentary in Nature Sustainability that suggests a global plan for implementation of soil carbon sequestration. One of the authors, Cornell University professor Johannes Lehmann, commented, “The window of opportunity to sequester atmospheric carbon into the soil is rapidly closing. Scientists are breaking out of the academic box, and we are translating science into action.” The commentary outlines the need to develop an overarching case and vision for action, led by political champions; create a strong business case for sequestration; and establish a track record of sequestration success among public and private entities over the long term. The scientists also wrote that farmers and land managers must incorporate building soil organic carbon within their day-to-day management activities.