Carbon is one of the most important and abundant elements in the universe. It is the basis of all known life on Earth and is fundamentally linked to the history—and future—of human society.
Carbon sequestration refers to the long-term transfer of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere into plants, soils, rocks, and oceans. As a natural process, carbon sequestration happens all the time. But, increasingly, we need to find ways to enhance it.
Carbon sequestration matters. It matters because the maintaining right balance of carbon in the atmosphere, ground, and oceans ensures a stable climate. If we upset this balance, our climate could change dramatically.