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Report: agriculture is one of the main indexes for climate change

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Human activity affects 75% of the surface of the globe, causing wide degeneration of soil and contributing to climate change, with the main causes for the latter being agriculture and logging, as mentioned in the published report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

As reported by Life Craft project’s communication specialist Maija Ušča, the report was worked on for two years by 107 scientists from 52 countries. The report itself is based on 7 000 research works and scientific articles.

The report also details matters that cover climate change, greenhouse gas emissions in terrestrial ecosystems, desertification, soil degradation, sustainable land management and sustainable food supply. Authors of the report also looked for ways to adapt to climate change and reduce emissions associated with land use.

It is confirmed by authors that land use and agriculture play a major part in causing climate change. The report mentions that soil and vegetation emit and store gases that cause greenhouse effect. Carbon circulates between the atmosphere and earth and is stored in soil and biomass. At times when the soil is degraded, forests are chopped down and wide plantations of mono-cultures are planted, the soil released carbon that was stored in it, creating climate change, the.

Researchers claim agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, which forms nearly 12% of all emissions created by man.

Emissions created by agriculture have nearly doubled between 1961 and 2016.

The report especially outlines the synergy between climate change and land use. Land does not solely use contribute to climate change, there is also a backwards effect to it – climate change promotes change of the way land is used, authors say. Climate change not only affects weather conditions, which can reduce or completely ruin crops.

The research mentions that change of the way land is used should be part of efforts to reduce climate change. To accomplish that effectively, it is necessary to review land use practices and introduce those that slow down carbon attraction and reduce its emissions.

Latvia’s Nature Fund implements Life Craft project for the second consecutive year. Its goal is checking and demonstrating greenhouse has emission reduction practices to ensure economic longevity of agriculture.


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  1. Justs says:

    Global Warming is a lie but that is too bad for the Baltics because they would benefit immensely from a warmer climate if human activity were causing such global warming.

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