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Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap

Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap | Recycling News Channel | |
A new report, “Halfway There? What the Land Sector Can Contribute to Closing the Emissions Gap Post-2020,” contributes some very useful measurement schemes that will benefit nations beginning to calculate their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) prior to the critical Paris UN climate change meeting (COP21) this December. These metrics will aid in bridging the gap
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SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report

SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report | Recycling News Channel | |
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) presented its interim report on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonization,' illustrates options for how major emitting countries can decrease their carbon emissions to achieve a low-carbon economy by 2050.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The DDPP, just recently released, demonstrates various different strategies that can be implemented to form a long-term solution for decreasing carbon emissions.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach: the various strategies - or pathways - outlined are individually tailored to the world's 15 main economies. All pathways, however, are based around 3 common pillars:

"energy efficiency and energy conservation in all energy end-use sectors; decarbonization of electricity, including through renewable energy sources and carbon capture and sequestration; and replacing fossil fuels in heating, industrial and transport processes with a mix of low-carbon electricity, hydrogen and sustainable biofuels."

While these pillars focus mainly on energy, we at Compostory believe that soil health should be part of the focus on lowering carbon emissions. As we state in Lesson 1 of our free online course: the top meter of soil alone stores around 2,200 billion tons of carbon, which is three times the level currently held in the atmosphere.  When that soil degrades the carbon it contains is released. The carbon released into the atmosphere increases greenhouse gases concentrations , warming our climate system.

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