December 20, 2011

Book Features Chapters Written by Institute Researchers

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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DURHAM, N.C. – A new book, out this month, features two chapters on reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions penned by researchers at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

The 456-page bookClimate Change Mitigation and Agriculture, published by Routledge, reviews the state of agricultural climate mitigation globally and focuses on the design and implementation of activities to reduce emissions among small farmers.

The Institute’s Ecosystem Services Program Director Lydia Olander, Director for Economic Analysis Brian Murray and former Institute employee Justin Baker wrote chapters 20 and 21 of the book. The chapters reflect the years of research by all three into the scientific and economic aspects of greenhouse gases and agriculture.

Olander, who also directs the Technical Working Group on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases—a program designed to support agricultural mitigation activities—looked at how biogeochemical process models might be used to quantify emissions for those just developing programs or protocols for these gases. The models, which simulate the greenhouse gas interactions of plants and the environment, may provide a cost-effective way to monitor reductions.

Murray, who penned his chapter with Baker, focused largely on how best to design policies that encourage greenhouse gas reductions while increasing agricultural productivity.

“Policies that increase productivity while reducing emissions are important for the sustainability of food production as the world looks for ways to mitigate the threats of climate change while trying to feed the population of 9 billion people expected by 2050,” Murray said.