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Climate Change

Climate change and carbon emissions

Top Soil Organic Matter

Emissions of greenhouse gases contributes to global environmental change; it has been estimated that around 31% of the total Scottish emissions is due to Land Use Change and Forestry given the preponderance of organic soils in Scotland. Scottish soils contain around 4.5 m tonnes of carbon. 

This compares to 0.1 m tonnes in British vegetation and 7.9 m tonnes in the European tree stock.

Learning & Resources


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.