Agricultural Practices Critical to Fighting Climate Change

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A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), out early August, seeks to put the role of land in future global negotiations over the way to contain the crisis.

Daukis said the conversion of farmlands for real estate development is another factor putting pressure on land.

The document offers guidance to governments on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement and how to evade runaway climate change ahead of a conference focused on the issue scheduled for Chile later this year.

The green opposition LMP, citing a report by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is calling on the government to support climate-friendly farming technologies, transform the agricultural subsidy system and increase green areas.

But it is not the only solution and cutting emissions from all sectors is essential to quickly curtail global warming. It further warns that the window to address the threat is rapidly closing.

"The choices we make about sustainable land management can help reduce, and in some cases, reverse these adverse impacts", said Kiyoto Tanabe, Co-Chair of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

As governments take note and communities, global organizations and agribusiness act to implement society-wide changes to rapidly shift to sustainable food production and land use, we, as individuals also need to do our part. July was the hottest month on record, reaching 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Agriculture, forestry, and land use changes are responsible for about 23 percent of global greenhouse emissions.

Human use directly affects more than 70 per cent of the global, ice-free land surface and agriculture accounts for 70 per cent of freshwater use. When pre- and post-production activity in the food system are included, that rises to up to 37%.

Kurz acknowledged that the changes needed likely won't come easily for many people, but he said understanding the implications of not doing it should help.

It projects a median increase of 7.6 per cent in cereal prices by 2050, leading to higher food prices and the increased risk of food insecurity and hunger.

While an estimated 821 million people are undernourished, changing consumption habits have already contributed to about 2 billion adults being overweight or obese.

Per capita supply of vegetable oils and meat has more than doubled based on data since 1961 but now, 25-30 per cent of total food produced is lost or wasted.

Yields of crops such as maize and wheat have declined in some regions, while those of maize, wheat and sugar beets have increased in others in recent decades. While heat-trapping gasses are causing problems in the atmosphere, the land has been less talked about as part of climate change.

In order to utilize indigenous knowledge, said the report, governments must incorporate indigenous people in the decision-making process as well as "provide a platform to secure indigenous and community land rights".

The Amazon, about 60% of which lies in Brazil, is sometimes called the "lungs of the world" due to the amount of Carbon dioxide it can absorb but it was not directly mentioned in the IPCC's summary for policymakers.

A special report, written by more than 100 scientists and unanimously approved by diplomats from nations around the world at a meeting in Geneva, proposed possible fixes and made more dire warnings.

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