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CLIMATE-CHANGE MITIGATION

Looking to nature for solutions

Completely stopping fossil fuel use may not be enough to avoid dangerous climate change. Recent research on the mitigation potential of conservation, restoration, and improved land management demonstrates that natural solutions can reduce emissions and remove atmospheric CO2 while safeguarding food security and biodiversity.

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Fig. 1: Limiting warming to 1.5 °C requires near complete elimination of current CO2 emissions and multiple decades of net-negative global emissions, and a new study finds that natural climate solutions can contribute substantially to both.

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Turner, W.R. Looking to nature for solutions. Nature Clim Change 8, 18–19 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-017-0048-y

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