Global climate change

Study uncovers natural solutions to combat climate change in the U.S.

By Brett Anderson, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
11/18/2018, 7:27:14 AM

New research from Clark University has revealed a list of over 20 natural solutions in the United States to help limit warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

In order to avoid the most damaging climate change impacts, the IPCC recently called for global action to limit warming to no more than 1.5 degrees C by the end of this century.

According to this new study, natural solutions offer the most promise in the U.S. to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

The research team concluded that adjusting just 21 natural management practices through carbon storage and reduced greenhouse gas emissions may be enough to help achieve the IPCC's goal.

Some of these practices include the following......

1. Improve carbon storage through increased reforestation practices, which would help cancel out emissions from 65 million passenger cars.

2. Have longer periods between timber harvest, which again will increase carbon storage.

3. Increase control burns and thinning of forests to reduce risk of massive fires.

4. Limit losses of forests from urban sprawl.


Key excerpt from the Clark Now article.......

“One of America’s greatest assets is its land. Through changes in management, along with protecting and restoring natural lands, we demonstrated we could reduce carbon pollution and filter water, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and have better soil health to grow our food — all at the same time,” says the study’s lead’s author, Joe Fargione, director of science for The Nature Conservancy. “Nature offers us a simple, cost-effective way to help fight global warming.”

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