Date: Thursday, Nov 7
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: Learning Centre (Garden court outside of Hall B)

Speaker: Dr. Edward Bork

Grasslands are a major habitat type in western Canada, and cover 9 M ha of Alberta alone. Despite their abundance and well known role in supporting livestock production, the full role of grasslands in providing a variety of other environmental goods and services, including carbon storage and greenhouse gas mitigation (specifically methane), remains poorly understood. This session will review the issue of rising atmospheric CO2 levels and discuss the role of grasslands in storing carbon, particularly in relation to alternative land uses, including crop agriculture. Additionally, using recent research insights from across the prairie provinces, the impact of cattle grazing on grassland carbon is discussed, both for its ability to maintain and even increase soil carbon. These insights are providing important baseline information needed to inform new policy seeking to increase carbon storage, reduce the impact of agricultural methane emissions, and mitigate ongoing risks from climate change.