Change land use to avoid a hungry future

We Must Change Land Use to Save Humanity

We Must Change Land Use to Save Humanity

Lowering the amount of meat people eat would also decrease emissions from livestock and the amount of fertilizer raising them requires.

Using data going back to 1961, the report notes that agriculture now accounts for about 70% of the world's freshwater use. Apart from meeting the promises made at the global high table, India has to step up its fight against land degradation simply because we have many more mouths to feed.

About a quarter of the ice-free land area is subject to human-caused degradation. It focuses on the agricultural sector and soil protection. "The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report clearly demonstrates how critical sustainable land management is for climate action and for human well-being".

Reducing food waste is among the report's top "response options" for addressing climate change. As the weather grows more volatile, that number could continue to rise in the coming years.

"It's more intuitive that belching smoke stacks and automobile tailpipes are central sources of carbon pollution driving the climate crisis". But the IPCC also laid out an optimistic scenario with farmers growing enough food for everybody on existing land, doing it more efficiently with lower greenhouse emissions.

Adopting these kinds of changes for people around the world could free up several million square kilometers of land and reduce carbon emissions by up to 8 gigatonnes annually by 2050, according to the report. It also accounts for almost half of the methane released. The organization supports nature-based solutions that promote sustainable land management and landscape stewardship, through integrated land use planning and management, adoption of sustainable agriculture practices and land governance approaches that build resilience of landscapes, ecosystems and communities.

At the same time, global food supply was also under threat due to climate change, it says.

Last year, the same body issued the alarming finding that we have roughly a dozen years left before the world misses its window for averting runaway global warming. The scientists warn that this clearly increases the risk of more droughts, forest fires, thawing permafrost and food insecurity. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking and property rights.

"Other steps we can take would involve changing our collective diets to be environmentally ethical (avoiding mass produced, resource intensive and land pollutant foods such as avocados, palm oil and red meat), protect natural habitats and prevent largescale natural destruction (like in the Amazon rainforest), improve crop varieties and engage in ago-forestry (instead of cutting down forests to farm)".

"The IPCC does not recommend people's diets", co-chair Jim Skea, a professor at Imperial College London's Centre for Environmental Policy, tweeted in reaction to misleading media stories.