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Researchers explore an often ignored source of greenhouse gas

Carbon dioxide is released during irrigation with lake water

  1. Researchers have discovered a surprising new source of carbon dioxide emissions, bicarbonates hidden in the lake water used to irrigate local orchards.

  2. It turns out that some of the CO2 released after irrigation comes from the natural salts, bicarbonates, dissolved in water from a Lake as it is applied to the soil.

  3. Along with causing the release of CO2, from bicarbonates in the water, irrigation is also promoting the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere by encouraging plant growth.

  4. It's a balance and to understand the balance, you need to know all the component parts.


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