Forests First in the Fight Against Climate Change
Human induced climate change is real and upon us. We cannot avoid dangerous warming withoutaction on deforestation, which causes 18-25% of global carbon emissions – 2nd only to energy.Forests offer the single largest opportunity for cost-effective and immediate reductions of carbonemissions. This is confirmed by the Stern Report of 2006, and the McKinsey and IPCC Reports of2007.It’s not just about carbon! Forests are giant global utilities, supplying humanity with vital ecosystemservices such as rainfall generation and biodiversity maintenance at local, regional and globalscales. International demand inexorably drives deforestation worldwide, and conservation has proven nomatch for commerce. Regulated carbon markets which could provide the economic incentives to haltthis process currently exclude forests.The next 18 months are critical for rainforests and climate change policy, because it is now that theG8 and United Nations are establishing their priorities in the lead up to the renegotiation of the KyotoProtocol.If we lose forests we lose the fight against climate change: we must act to put forests first now.
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