IPCC publish report on impacts of 1.5 °C global warming

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, providing regular scientific assessments, implications and potential future risks, as well as putting forward adaptation and mitigation options.

Published only a few months ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, the special report, Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, offers context to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

Tree professionals will play a key role in cutting global emissions. The report highlights the existing carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) efforts in afforestation, reforestation, land restoration, soil carbon sequestration and more. If deployed at large scale, and sustainably managed, these CDR efforts could have a significant impact on land, energy, water or nutrients, as well as improving biodiversity, soil quality, and local food security. The report also urges that more agricultural land is converted for energy crops and tree cover.

Although the findings in the report indicate the frightening reality of global warming, a reality that many communities around the world are already facing, climate mitigation can be achieved if global leaders take action now.

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