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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B53/S21.003

AGRICULTURE, GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

A. Zaharia, A. Antonescu
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-19-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 3, 17-24 pp

ABSTRACT
The climate change represents an issue recognized at international level and has impacts both in developing human society and environment. Also, climate change is influenced by the economic activities of mankind. For these reasons, the governments are adopting policies and are implementing measures for mitigating climate change. This paper has the purpose to examine the relationships between agriculture and climate change by analyzing, on one hand, the impacts of climate change on agriculture and, on other hand, the greenhouse gas emissions generated by all activities from agriculture. This has been done by reviewing the scientific literature, by using the international and national databases and by applying the regression model. The main objective of this paper is to analyze the correlation between the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and the arable land at Romanian level in order to determine if the size of arable land represents a causing factor of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. The results of the research show the existence of an interdependency relationship between agriculture and climate change, emphasize the importance of a good management of GHG emissions from agriculture for the future of our planet, present a comparison with the energy and construction sectors, and show that the GHG emissions from agriculture are not influenced by the dimension of the arable land. This study could be used further by policy makers to reduce emissions and to mitigate climate change.

Keywords: agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions, analysis, Romania