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Climate warming from managed grasslands cancels the cooling effect of carbon sinks in sparsely grazed and natural grasslands

Authors
  • Chang, Jinfeng1, 2, 3
  • Ciais, Philippe1
  • Gasser, Thomas2
  • Smith, Pete4
  • Herrero, Mario5
  • Havlík, Petr2
  • Obersteiner, Michael2
  • Guenet, Bertrand1
  • Goll, Daniel S.1
  • Li, Wei1
  • Naipal, Victoria6
  • Peng, Shushi7
  • Qiu, Chunjing1
  • Tian, Hanqin8
  • Viovy, Nicolas1
  • Yue, Chao9
  • Zhu, Dan1
  • 1 Université Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, 91191, France , Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
  • 2 International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, A-2361, Austria , Laxenburg (Austria)
  • 3 Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, China , Hangzhou (China)
  • 4 University of Aberdeen, 23 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen, AB24 3UU, UK , Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
  • 5 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, St Lucia, QLD, 4067, Australia , St Lucia (Australia)
  • 6 Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany , Munich (Germany)
  • 7 Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China , Beijing (China)
  • 8 Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA , Auburn (United States)
  • 9 Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, 712100, China , Yangling (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature Communications
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Jan 05, 2021
Volume
12
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-20406-7
Source
Springer Nature
License
Green

Abstract

Grasslands, and the livestock that live there, are dynamic sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, but what controls these fluxes remains poorly characterized. Here the authors show that on the global level, grasslands are climate neutral owing to the cancelling effects of managed vs. natural systems.

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