Mitigation of Climate Change - IPCC AR5 WG3 report released

"Concluding four years of intense scientific collaboration by hundreds of authors from around the world, this report responds to the request of the world's governments for a comprehensive, objective and policy neutral assessment of the current scientific knowledge on mitigating climate change." - IPCC WG3

Harry Clark MNZM PhD is a Lead Author for Chapter 11 on Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) along with 16 international authors and two Coordinating Lead Authors (Pete Smith and Mercedes Bustamante).

The report demonstrates the importance of on-going research into mitigation options to lessen the agricultural industries' impact on climate change.

Globally, agriculture contributes 10-13% of global greenhouse gases while here in New Zealand it's 46%. As the total demand for food is forecast to increase by 70% by 2050 the report emphasises that future policies governing agricultural practices need to account for both mitigation and adaptation. For New Zealand it is especially important to have clear mitigation options available.

See for the final drafts for IPCC WGIII reports including Chapter 11 on agriculture.

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See NZAGRC comment at Knowledge > News

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