Study says parks, lawns hurt environment

01/20/2010 | USA Today

A new study by the Geophysical Research Letters, focusing on four parks and lawns in Southern California, claims the environmental cost of maintaining lawns and parks in urban areas outweighs the overall benefits -- including the photosynthesis of organic carbon. The study says greenhouse gas emissions from lawn maintenance, such as fertilizer production, mowing and leaf blowing, are four times greater than the amount of carbon stored by grass in the spaces.

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