The IPCC’s climate change report: “Negative emissions” and business as usual

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report this week on the impacts of 1.5°C global warming. The report looks at “related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty”.

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REDD myth no. 3: To address climate change we have to reduce emissions from deforestation

Brazil forest fire“We have to reduce emissions from deforestation if we’re to prevent catastrophic climate change,” WWF argues on its website. At a first glance, it seems like a no-brainer. Forests store an awful lot of carbon. When forests are cleared for cattle ranching, or to make way for oil palm plantations, the carbon dioxide goes back into the atmosphere.

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