Study: Natural Climate Solutions, Including Farm Conservation, Can Reduce Global Warming

This article discusses how Natural Climate Solutions, Including Farm Conservation, Can Reduce Global Warming. Conserving and restoring American forest, farm, and natural lands could cut a fifth of U.S. emissions—equivalent to emissions from all U.S. vehicles.

Conserving and restoring American forest, farm, and natural lands could cut a substantial chunk of the country’s emissions, helping meet greenhouse gas reduction goals without relying on undeveloped technologies, a new report finds.

A team of 38 researchers spent more than two years looking at “natural climate solutions”—a range of strategies that includes planting trees in cities, preventing the conversion of natural grassland to farmland, and shifting to fertilizers that produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

In a study just published in Science Advances, researchers report that these solutions, if deployed across agricultural lands, forests, grasslands, and wetlands, could mitigate 21 percent of the country’s net annual greenhouse gas emissions, getting the U.S. closer to meetings its goals under the Paris climate agreement.

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