GENEVA, Aug 8 2019 – “Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its latest report.
Our increasing population places more pressure on land to produce food, from crops to meat. Meanwhile, agriculture is a major producer of GHGs (greenhouse gases) while paradoxically also a potential planet saviour, as plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Meanwhile, climate change is causing desertification and erosion in many parts of the world, so we’re losing land as we speak. We’re between a rock and a hard place. Literally!
In what looks like a clear vote for hemp, the IPCC stated: “Land must remain productive to maintain food security as the population increases and the negative impacts of climate change on vegetation increase. This means there are limits to the contribution of land to addressing climate change, for instance through the cultivation of energy crops and afforestation. It also takes time for trees and soils to store carbon effectively. Bioenergy needs to be carefully managed to avoid risks to food security, biodiversity and land degradation.”
We need to get serious about using the planet’s finite land in a way that is fair, sustainable, and for the benefit of all mankind.
Update, 20 August, 2020
The Global Mean Temperature Of The Past 2,000 Years Captured In 20 Seconds, Visualized – Digg. Looking at global temperature deviations from 0 to 2019 AD reveals a startling trend. https://digg.com/2020/global-mean-temperature-past-2000-years
Read the complete IPCC report on Climate Change and Land, 2019 (source of header image for this post): https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/
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