Land management ‘blind spots’ make 1.5C goal highly unlikely. Despite initial optimism, progress towards meeting this ambition has been lacking. Of the “Nationally Determined Contributions” (NDCs) that describe each country’s plans for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, most are vague, underwhelming documents that are almost certainly insufficient and unlikely to be implemented in full. This is particularly obvious in plans for cutting emissions from the way the land is used, managed and farmed. In a new “perspective” paper, published in Nature Climate Change, my co-authors and I look at the “blind spots” that hinder strategies to cut land-based emissions. These include inconsistent policies, time lags that make rapid change difficult and detrimental consequences of some mitigation options.
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