Saturday, July 02, 2016

'Nature is the Sleeping Giant of Climate Change Solutions'

"Nature's time is now," writes Justin Adams, Nature Conservancy's managing director, Global Lands.

"In particular, nature’s set of solutions are uniquely positioned to help us dramatically reduce the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide during the next 15 years, as we continue to solve for longer-term energy transformation. All told, nature-based solutions for sequestering carbon, such as avoiding forest loss, reforestation, investing in soil health and coastal ecosystem restoration, can bring us more than a third of the way to emission reductions needed by 2030. A biological bridge to a zero carbon future. 
"This opportunity is significantly larger than we previously imagined. And, crucially, many of the options come at a substantially lower cost – less than $10 per tonne of carbon dioxide – than higher tech sequestration solutions that run $100 per tonne and beyond. But nature’s vast potential today is not the only cause for urgency. The threat to nature’s continued potential is the other side of the same coin: the less we harness today, the less we will be able to harness tomorrow."

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