Better agricultural systems can reduce greenhouse gas emission by 20 to 60 percent


Photo credit: Kathmandu Post

Carbon-neutral farming

by Pramod Aryal 

The Dudh Koshi glacier basin in the Everest region will melt by 50 percent in 2050 and by 70 to 90 percent in 2100 if global temperatures continue to rise, a 2015 report issued by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Icimod) has predicted. This implies that the Indian Subcontinent is facing desertification. Furthermore, if proper measures are not taken to contain and bring down global temperatures, scientific communities have predicted that a ‘mega drought’ lasting more than three decades could hit the US by the middle of this century. It would dry up vegetation and lead to unprecedented wildfires, aggravating carbon accumulation. Compounded with the possible desertification of the Indian Subcontinent, the global environmental consequences are beyond comprehension.

Chances of food shortages cannot be overlooked. Efforts have been made to reduce the carbon footprint in the energy and transportation sectors, and agriculture is the next stop


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.