Scientists Warn That Abusing Land Can Have Devastating Consequences

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Come the UN’s major Intergovernmental Panel on  Climate Change  ( IPCC )  to be held at Geneva this week, scientists to be present at the event will apparently deliver a warning that’s been at our faces all along: Humans need to stop abusing the land we live on if we want to avoid catastrophic levels of climate warming.

Land Abuse

Truth is, the warning shouldn’t come at a surprise at all. In fact, the idea of scientists presenting it at an international panel as some kind of new warning in order to encourage people to take climate change more seriously is very surprising at this point.

Land abuse is not a new issue. It’s been a prevalent problem long before it has started contributing to the global climate change problem. It’s destroyed wildlife and ecosystems, misplaced indigenous tribes (a lot of which live in harmony with nature) and served a few wealthy people while others suffer. And while all of those are problems that require solving, scientists say throughout the last few years, it’s also led to drained peatlands, degradation of soil, expanding of deserts and falling of forests.

In fact, in this sense, land is now a major source of carbon after it has served for years as an asset to combat the effects of climate change.

Per the scientists, catastrophic climate heating is bound to happen if we don’t stop land abuse.

State of the Land

Per the scientists, carbon could be absorbed back into the soils if land is farmed in a more sustainable way. Unfortunately, around one-third of the total emissions today come from the land. And thus, researchers believed that tackling the land’s current state is important in coming up with a genuine plan to fight off climate change.

“If we consider the climate problem hard now, just think about how much harder it will be without the land serving as a large sink for carbon dioxide emissions,” Kelly Levin from the think tank World Resources Institute, said.

Following this, the scientists hope that their upcoming report will be strong enough to push politicians and those in positions of power to implement policies that can adapt to the ongoing climate crisis.

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