Scientists stress forests connection
Wednesday 21 Nov 2018Scientists Highlight Forests’ Critical Role in Climate Mitigation - In response to the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, 40 scientists released a statement that describes five reasons why limiting global warming requires protecting and sustainably managing existing forests and restoring lost forests. They stress the connection between the future of forests and the planet’s future climate.
The Climate and Land Use Alliance released a statement from 40 scientists that argues that the preservation, restoration and sustainable management of forests is critical for limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. In response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15), the scientists highlight five reasons why limiting global warming requires protecting and sustainably managing existing forests and restoring lost forests.
First, the scientists emphasize that the world’s forests “contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas and coal deposits” and that “avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.”
According to the statement, forests store enough carbon to release over 3 trillion tons of carbon dioxide.
Further, the scientists point out that climate change makes forests more vulnerable, especially to wildfires, calling for further caution.
Second, the scientists highlight the role of forests in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, which keeps “climate change from getting even worse.” Forests remove 28 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere each year, and oceans remove another 25 percent, leaving the remainder in the atmosphere.
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