Greenhouse gas cycles in agriculture
Moving and transforming as they move through our farming systems, greenhouse gases are absorbed and released over varying time scales and in varying quantities.
The graphic below illustrates the fluxes of the greenhouse gases Nitrous Oxide, Carbon Dioxide and Methane, in and out of a typical farming system.
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There are many practical ways to prevent the losses of greenhouse gases which typically coincides with improved farm productivity.
Nitrous Oxide is mainly released through soil disturbance, nitrogen fertilisers, urine and dung.
Carbon Dioxide is mainly released through burning of fossil fuels, plant decay and insect and microbial activity in soils.
Methane is mainly released from ruminants, e.g. cows and sheep, following digestion of plant matter.
Click on the Action Areas below for information about ways to improve farm productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.