Study Says Green Spaces May Contribute to, Not Prevent, Global Warming

January 22, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ In theory, urban green spaces are supposed to help counter the effects of global warming, but a new study from the University of California at Irvine turns that convention on its head.

According to the study, which focuses on Southern California, total emissions would be lower if lawns did not exist. This is due to the environmental costs of the upkeep of the green spaces, including emissions from fertilizer production, mowing, leaf blowing and other maintenance activities.

The most damaging part of lawn maintenance is the fertilization of the soil, which causes the release of greenhouse gasses that are 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

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