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How use of land in pursuit of 1.5C could impact biodiversity

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In a guest post for Carbon Brief, Professor Pete Smith of the University of Aberdeen discusses recent research on how climate mitigation through negative emissions could affect biodiversity, through changes in land use. He argues that bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) should be implemented sooner rather than later, because of the risk of not meeting climate mitigation targets if BECCS is left until later in the century and because a study estimated that natural land loss could be lower if BECCS is deployed earlier in the century.

Read the full article here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect land-use and biodiversity? To discuss the often controversial topic of BECCS, please do send a message to the FCRN’s Google Group, which you can join here.

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