IPCC: Radically improve land management or expose millions to climate extremes

Governments must urgently improve land management practices to reduce the risk to millions of people from climate extremes, desertification, land degradation and food and livelihood insecurity, according to a new UN report.

Published this morning, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPPC) report on climate change and land use makes for sobering reading. It sets out how man-made climate change is degrading land, which in turn is made worse by poor land management practices. Climate change has pushed up the land surface air temperature by 1.53°C - nearly twice as much as the global average temperature rise - since pre-industrial times, it says, and has already begun to increase the frequency and intensity of climate extremes, reduce food security and damage terrestrial ecosystems.

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