Greenhouse gas mitigation in the agricultural sector in Spain

  • Jorge Álvaro-FuentesEmail author
  • Agustin del Prado
  • David R. Yáñez-Ruiz

Climate change is a global concern due to its wide implications in several economical, social and biological aspects. During the last two decades, important efforts are being put into practice in order to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from several economical sectors whose activities are exacerbating global warming. According to the last 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Agriculture is one of the main sectors responsible for the change in atmospheric GHG concentration that has occurred in the last 30 years (IPCC 2014). The agricultural sector is a main emitter of nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4), two main GHGs. Agricultural soils emit significant amounts of N2O due to the application of mineral fertilizers and organic manures. At the same time, changes in land use affect soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks whilst enteric fermentation from livestock has been identified as one of the main global sources of CH4(Paustian et...


Mitigation Spain Agriculture Forestry Livestock Greenhouse gases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Álvaro-Fuentes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Agustin del Prado
    • 2
  • David R. Yáñez-Ruiz
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Suelo y Agua, Estación Experimental de Aula DeiConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (EEAD-CSIC)ZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Basque Centre For Climate Change (BC3)BilbaoSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Nutrición Animal, Estación Experimental del ZaidínConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (EEZ-CSIC)ArmillaSpain

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