Leaked UN report demands drastic changes in land use to limit the worst effects of climate change

A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use shows how UN scientists have called for a stark transformation in the way the world manages land to limit the negative effects of global warming.

According to leaked iterations of the draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN’s foremost authority on climate change, solutions to degraded soils, forests and drained peatlands are absolutely necessary to limit global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees celsius. 

In 2015, nearly 200 nations signed up to the Paris Agreement, an historic contract that pledged countries to limit global warming to 1.5-2°C. But the IPCC has warned that the previously agreed threshold of 2°C is no longer a safe ceiling to aim towards. The IPCC said the difference between a 0.5°C temperature change would be “substantial,” it said. 

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