Land use delays could hamper climate efforts

phys.org | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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Global climate change targets are unlikely to be met because of delays in changes to land use, Edinburgh researchers say.

Efforts to make land management less damaging to the climate need to be stepped up if high levels of climate change are to be avoided, scientists say.

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The Paris Agreement to limit average global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels relies heavily on changing how farm land and forests are managed, the team says.

Many countries plan to prevent deforestation or establish new forests to absorb carbon dioxide, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. These changes would remove up to one quarter of the greenhouse gases released through human activity every year.

Team - Scientists - Karlsruhe - Institute - Technology

A team led by scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany found that such changes in land use usually take decades to occur. They say that is far too slowly to make the required contribution to slowing climate change.

"Our research suggests that many of the plans for mitigation in the land system were unrealistic in the first place, and now threaten to make the Paris target itself unachievable," says Dr. Calum Brown of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Research - Issue - Deforestation

The research also highlights the issue of deforestation in tropical...
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