Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change will require not only steep reductions in emissions but also the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere at a massive scale.
See how natural climate solutions are paying off.
At The Nature Conservancy, we are convinced that soil is an important foundation for environmental and human well-being. Soils rich in organic carbon are associated with enhanced agricultural productivity, water cycling, biodiversity, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Mitigating climate change requires clean energy and the removal of atmospheric carbon. Building soil carbon is an appealing way to increase carbon sinks and reduce emissions owing to the associated benefits to agriculture.
We respond to concerns raised by Baldocchi and Penuelas who question the potential for ecosystems to provide carbon sinks and storage, and conclude that we should focus on decarbonizing our energy systems.
Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are causing global climate change and decreasing the stability of the climate system. Long-term solutions to climate change will require reduction in GHG emissions as well as the removal of large quantities of GHGs from the atmosphere.
Higher tree density, more fuels, and a warmer, drier climate have caused an increase in the frequency, size, and severity of wildfires in western U.S. forests. There is an urgent need to restore forests across the western United States.
Our scientific understanding of nature’s role in the fight against climate change has deepened in the past three years and is now well-established. So too has our understanding of the full range of benefits that nature-based solutions deliver for people around the world: whether providing jobs, filtering water, reducing air pollution, providing resilience to extreme weather or regulating local climate.
As companies work to reduce their overall emissions, as well as remove emissions from their supply chain, they should look to how natural climate solutions, such as forests, can be a part of their comprehensive climate strategy.
Building on its leadership to address climate change, the state of California increasingly recognizes the critical role that management of natural and agricultural ecosystems can play in helping to meet climate goals.