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Coverage of afforestation since August 21, 2020.

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Avoiding temperature ‘overshoot’ reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists

"...Many of these pathways rely on a combination of overshoots and “negative emissions” – also known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR). These include measures to enhance the natural carbon sinks – such as afforestation, reforestation and the conservation of degraded marine and coastal habitats. They can also include technologies such as direct air capture, in which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere, or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, in which bioenergy crops are grown and then burned for energy, and the resulting emissions stored underground..."

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Coastal ecosystems worldwide: Billion-dollar carbon reservoirs

"...The study also emphasizes that carbon storage is only a small part of positive impacts of coastal ecosystems for humans. "Coastal ecosystems are an essential component of marine ecosystems and are therefore particularly important for marine biodiversity and for fisheries. At the same time, they contribute to flood and coastal protection and are therefore important for adaptation to climate change," emphasizes Martin Quaas, who heads the Biodiversity Economics research group at iDiv and UL..."

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Guest post: Emissions should fall ‘twice as fast’ in case negative emissions fail Carbon Brief

"...Many model pathways designed to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement rely heavily on large-scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR), also known as “negative emissions”..."

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Future wood use assures long-term climate benefit from commercial forests

"..."In essence, afforestation is one of the few options available to offset current GHG emissions, but at the same time can provide a crucial feedstock for the circular bioeconomy that we expect to be expanding rapidly for decades into the future", adds co-author Caren Dymond, Senior Research Scientist in natural resources with the Government of British Columbia. The results of this study counter recent studies that suggest commercial forests act only as a short-term sink of CO2. In fact, these new results indicate that, where forest growth rates are high (e..."

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Two Saskatoon afforestation areas receive $100K to build barriers to stop illegal garbage dumping

"...The George Genereux Urban Regional Park amidst a clean-up. (Courtesy: Julia Adamson/Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas)..."

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People prefer 'natural' strategies to reduce atmospheric carbon

"...Survey data came from an online poll conducted Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, 2019, by NORC at the University of Chicago, a leading survey research firm..."

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Guest post: How to assess the multiple interacting risks of climate change Carbon Brief

"...For example, global warming of 2C is projected to reduce yields of staple crops by 5–20%. Yet greenhouse gas mitigation options can also increase food insecurity if bioenergy crops displace food crops, or can lead to biodiversity loss from land-use change and afforestation.  ..."

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Deforestation, forest conversion and palm oil plantations linked to disease outbreaks

"..."We don't yet know the precise ecological mechanisms at play, but we hypothesize that plantations, such as oil palm, develop at the expense of natural wooded areas, and reforestation is mainly monospecific forest made at the expense of grasslands," says lead author Dr Serge Morand, who has joint positions at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France and Kasetsart University in Thailand. "Both land use changes are characterized by loss of biodiversity and these simplified habitats favor animal reservoirs and vectors of diseases. "..."

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Carbon crusaders

"...While the climate crisis makes adopting all these approaches critical, natural climate solutions also simultaneously provide many co-benefits. Peatlands are rich ecosystems that offer habitat favoured by birds such as the sandhill crane and palm warbler. And keeping wetlands healthy safeguards water quality and helps control flooding elsewhere..."

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Evaluating the effect of plain afforestation project and future spatial suitability in Beijing

"...Taking the "One Million-Mu (666 km2)" Plain Afforestation (Phase I) Project as an example, the authors characterized the growth status and temporal trends of forest patches using time series NDVI. They selected forest patches with greater than 50 ha in size as the main objects for analysis. Using the maximum NDVI in the base year (2012), they calculated the change ratio of forest patches in different years..."

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Field fixes

"...“The majority of our work is on marginal or uneconomic farmland identified by participants for enrolment in the program,” says Ellis. “What we’re doing is putting natural features back on that land, whether it be wetland restoration, afforestation or restoring grasslands. ”..."

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Offsetting the future with Kai Landwehr

"...Emissions are reduced thereby replacing fossil energy resources with renewable energies, and by implementing local afforestation measures with smallholder farmers and energy-efficient technologies..."

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Land use decisions under REDD+ incentives when warming temperatures affect crop productivity and forest biomass growth rates

"...Climate change is expected to adversely impact crop productivity and forest stocks of the planet, which will pose food security challenges and complicate carbon mitigation goals..."

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Provisioning ecosystem services related with oak (Quercus) systems: a review of challenges and opportunities

"...Then, the provisioning ecosystem services related with oak systems are reviewed, including: (1) oak?s agroforestry and silvopasture systems for the production of food, pasture, and additional products; (2) browsing of oak leaves and acorns by livestock; (3) harvesting of oak wood for timber; (4) cork oak stripping, and the uses of cork; (5) acorn-based foods and beverages; and (6) others uses, such as the production of medicines and extraction of tannins for the leather industry..."

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Legal Implications of Natural Floods Management: Lithuania Case Study

"...The Law on the Protected Areas allows land use changes only in exceptional circumstances; the flood mitigation is not one of them..."

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Landscape Dynamics in the Northwestern Mountains of the Iberian Peninsula: Case Study Ancares-Courel Mountain Range

"...Agriculture, cattle grazing, unsuitable forestry management, forest fires, and afforestation with fast-growing species, have led to a reduction of the forests..."

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Impact of agricultural land conversion on climate change

"...Climate change and land use conversion are two major global environmental issues..."

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Perception of climate change and adaptation strategies in tea plantations of Assam, India

"...Adaptive measures executed to combat climate change included rainwater harvesting, irrigation, afforestation, biodiversity conservation, soil mulching and creation of wind barriers..."

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Inclusion of forestry offsets in emission trading schemes: insights from global experts

"...Emissions trading schemes (ETSs) have been a central component of international climate change policies, as a carbon pricing tool to achieve emissions reduction targets..."

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Climate urgency and the timing of carbon fluxes

"...Using the DICE model, we demonstrate that physical discounting of carbon erodes the effectiveness of afforestation and bioenergy projects that reduce emissions over time..."

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Do Forest Landscape Pattern Planning and Optimization Play a Role in Enhancing Soil Conservation Services in Mountain Areas of

"...The relationship between landscape patterns and soil conservation, as well as the need for nature-based soil erosion control and landscape pattern optimization, have increasingly gained attention in the scientific and political community in the past decade..."

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A review of ecological mechanisms for management practices of protective forests

"...Most protective forest studies are dependent on forestry eco-engineering, such as the Great Plains Shelterbelt Project in the United States, the Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature in the Soviet Union, and the Three-North Afforestation Program in China..."

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Large-scale afforestation for ecosystem service provisioning: learning from the past to improve the future

"...However, new afforestation programs are required to meet multiple objectives such as carbon sequestration, reducing environmental risks and enhance biodiversity conservation to reach sustainability..."

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