The terrestrial biosphere as a net source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere

While fossil fuels constitute a primary contributor to climate change, other greenhouse gases expelled as a byproduct of human activities may present opportunities for more policy options to moderate the environmental phenomenon. Dr. Deborah Huntzinger and Dr. Christopher Schwalm from NAU joined a team of researchers in a study of the terrestrial biosphere’s release and absorption of greenhouse gases. Findings from the study, published in Nature, suggest that a reduction in agricultural methane and nitrous oxide emissions, particularly in Southern Asia, may help mitigate climate change.