According to a new research synthesis by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and ClimateWorks Foundation, investments are urgently needed to rapidly develop and scale up the carbon dioxide (CO₂) removal solutions critical to reaching net zero emissions globally by 2050. The findings were released in a new online hub, “Investing in Carbon Removal: Demystifying Existing Approaches” available at carbonremoval.economist.com
Afforestation, reforestation and other practices that restore trees to the landscape offer relatively low-cost carbon removal opportunities that are ready to implement. Surging interest in trees as a climate solution has made the outlook for this sector promising—but whether this buzz will lead to restoring trees to the landscape in a socially and environmentally responsible way depends on project oversight and policy safeguards.
Peatlands hold a disproportionate share of the world’s soil carbon stocks, but commercial interests are turning these environmental assets into long-term sources of emissions by draining soil and degrading ecosystems. Restoring natural water flow and saturating peatland through a process commonly referred to as “rewetting” can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, slow subsidence and reduce the risk of wildfire.
In advance of the IPCC report, scientists highlight five often overlooked reasons why limiting global warming requires protecting and sustainably managing the forests we have, and restoring the forests we’ve lost.
In support of accelerating climate ambition, eighteen foundations signed a joint statement affirming their commitment to supporting the critical role forests and sustainable land use, and indigenous guardianship of these places, play in the fight against climate change.
Better forest conservation, food production and consumption, and land use could deliver up to 30% of the climate solutions needed by 2030.
Deforestation leads to major increases in local temperatures, according to new peer-reviewed research.
The International Peat Mapping Team was awarded the Indonesian Peat Prize for their mapping technology.
A new set of materials helps explain how forests and land use relate to climate change.
Yaguas National Park is located in the Loreto Region of northern Peru and covers more than 868,000 hectares of Amazonian rainforest.