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‘Crunch year’ for world’s forests

Efforts to mitigate climate change could be hampered if nations do not agree to protect the world’s forests by the end of the year, warn researchers.

Earthwatch says it is vital for leaders attending a key UN summit in December to find a way to halt deforestation.

Deforestation accounts for about 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities, UN data shows.

“Unless we tackle the question of forests as a mitigation method for climate change, then we will really have lost the battle to keep greenhouse gas concentrations below levels that many people would consider to be dangerous.”

In October 2008, the Eliasch Review – commissioned by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown – concluded that an international deal to protect forests would reduce the cost of tackling climate change by up to 50% in 2030.


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