Missing Pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action

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ActionAid and the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA) released a new report on climate change “Missing Pathways to 1.5°C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action.” In the aftermath of last week’s climate report  by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world must now ask tough questions on the transformation and development pathways that are urgently needed, if we are to have a chance of meeting the Paris Agreement’s goal of staying under 1.5°C of average global warming. The science is clear that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are needed. Commenting on the report, Justin Adams, Managing Director, Global Lands, TNC said:

“There is a growing body of evidence showing that earlier climate models may have over-relied on BECCS. A study by The Nature Conservancy and a group of other organizations published last year found that natural climate solutions like those discussed in this CLARA report could deliver a third of the required mitigation by 2030 to keep global warming to 2 degrees for example.The key is that natural climate solutions are affordable, actionable and scalable today. They do not involve technologies under development with unknown costs. Most organizations now recognize that to stop global warming, we will have to increase the level of ambition, and natural climate solutions, which have often been overlooked by the international community, will have to play a role.That means governments must set targets for natural climate solutions in their commitments under Paris. It also means a ramp-up in finance: right now the land sector only receives around 3% of public mitigation dollars. That will have to be targeted to leverage the scale of the private sector if the transition on land is to be successful.”

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