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|Title:||Greenhouse Gas Emissions from European Grasslands - Specific Study CarboEurope GHG - Synthesis of the European Grennhouse Gas Budget|
|Authors:||SOUSSANA Jean Francois; LEIP ADRIAN; HIEDERER ROLAND; BRUENING Claus|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||In the EU 15, there were about 55 million ha of grasslands in the year 2000. Since 1990 some 3 Mha were converted to arable land. Within the EU, grasslands are likely to be a net sink of carbon emission processes, there is potential within the EU to reduce the net GHG flux, expressed in CO2 equivalents. There are clear trade-offs and synergies between different greenhouse gases, which are only now beginning to be quantified. Increased soil carbon storage associated with increased fertiliser use can be offset by increased N2O emissions, while changes to reduce CH4 emissions may cause similar interactions. It is therefore important to assess potential mitigation options for their impact upon all greenhouse gases.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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