SOIL and CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is one of the key challenges of our times. It affects the environment, the economy, and many other facets of life. Shifting weather patterns may increase the risk of catastrophic flooding or drought and threaten food production and livelihood. Possible impacts, such as rising sea levels, are global in scope. Soil use and management have a direct effect on climate change by altering emissions of 'greenhouse gases' to the atmosphere. Judicious land management can reduce these emissions and safeguard ecosystem services. Policy makers and other stakeholders require reliable information to support informed decisions concerning possible actions aimed at mitigation and adaptation.