Natural climate solutions – agricultural innovations and planting trees – have a major impact on reducing emissions.
It’s cost effective, empowering for local communities, and popular because it works!
Farmers are the best stewards of their land.
Why are natural solutions so effective?
Farmers and foresters understand the climate better than most professions, and productive farms and forests provide natural solutions to climate challenges. Crops and trees absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere as they grow. Innovations that increase productivity and efficiencies in agriculture and forestry can also reduce emissions from these sectors.
Farmland makes up 44% of the U.S. Agricultural innovations can improve soil health to retain more carbon, reduce agricultural emissions like nitrous oxide, and reduce impacts from droughts and flooding.
Forests comprise 32% of all land in the U.S. and absorb nearly 16 percent of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Planting trees as a solution to climate change has a 90% approval rating.
Plants Naturally Absorb Carbon Dioxide From the Atmosphere in Order to Grow
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) are supporting some of this work, but more is needed.
There are a number of innovations to enhance productivity, increase efficiencies, and reduce emissions.