If agricultural land was used to grow crops, it would limit methane emissions from livestock, but not store a substantial amount of carbon. Growing trees is what makes the difference.
Strict physical distancing restrictions have resulted in cleaner air, but atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise.
Despite clear air as a result of the pandemic reducing human activities, our emissions still soar.
Seagrass meadow in Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia. Seagrass is an important nursery for many juvenile reef fish.
Although less well known than its cousins, coral reefs and mangroves, seagrass plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation.
Fast-growing plantation trees store less carbon per surface area than old, undisturbed forests that may show little growth.
Plants live off carbon dioxide, but a higher level of the greenhouse gas in the air doesn't necessarily lead to more biomass production.
Undeveloped regions such as the Amazon rainforest are critical resources for slowing climate change.
A new report calls land key to solving climate change. The good news is that there are strategies for reducing carbon emissions from land use that can also produce economic and social benefits.
As part of New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy, emphasis is shifting to innovation and away from traditional agriculture.
Under the New Zealand government's well-being approach to the budget, funding that will help reduce emissions is linked with economic development and innovation.
Agriculture – including methane from cows and sheep – currently contributes almost half of New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions.
New Zealand's government has released a bill that sets targets to bring long-lived greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050 and reduce emissions of the shorter-lived methane by 10% within a decade.
A World Bank in sync with Donald Trump’s views about climate change and multilateralism would probably help to increase Chin’s role in international development and finance.
Donald Trump's pick to head the World Bank could well weaken the organisation's importance in international development and finance.
Climate change is increasing flooding caused by seasonal ‘king tides’ in Florida and other coastal areas.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Climate change is happening and will intensify in coming decades. Some experts say it's time for a triage strategy that focuses investments where they are most likely to have an impact.
Port of Long Beach, California.
Hundreds of US cities have pledged to meet the carbon reduction targets in the Paris climate accord. Now it's time for them to start showing results.
Mangroves growing strong.
Mangrove forests grow in the tidal lagoons of tropical coastlines and they could actually benefit from climate change. Here's what that means for us.
Relocation from risky areas is the only safe response.
Beach erosion in Nags Head, North Carolina, photographed May 15, 2005.
Many US coastal towns are building defenses to protect against rising seas and storms. This can encourage people to stay in place when they should be moving inland.
As part of its commitment under the Paris Agreement, New Zealand’s government has committed to planting one billion trees within a decade.
Planting more native forests could help mitigate the causes of climate change, but unless funding is closely tied to successful outcomes, such projects face the risk of failure.
To properly consider climate risks for their business, directors need the financial expertise of accountants.
Company directors have been put on notice about their duty to consider and disclose climate change risks. And to do that properly they need to call on the expertise of accountants.
Cars sit in flood water from Boston Harbor on Long Wharf during a coastal storm on Jan. 4, 2018.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
They don't all support the same strategies for coping with it, but US mayors increasingly see climate change as a pressing urban challenge.
COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, right, hands over a gavel to Fiji’s prime minister and president of COP 23 Frank Bainimarama, left, during the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Although climate change threatens the world's small island nations, many can find ways to adapt and preserve their homes and cultures – especially if wealthy countries cut emissions and provide support.
Trump waves au revoir to the Paris deal.
Donald Trump has fulfilled his pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement struck in 2015, leaving China and Europe with the job of preventing other nations from following suit.
Healthy soil from an Oregon farm.
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To help feed a growing world population, restore biodiversity and slow climate change, a geologist calls for a moon shot effort to restore healthy soil around the world.
Soybean farmer in Malawi.
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How can we feed a growing world population while protecting the environment? One key strategy is to improve yields on small farms, which produce much of the food in the world's hungriest countries.