Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious.
“The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a co-author of the report. “The threat of climate change affecting people’s food on their dinner table is increasing.”
A special report, written by more than 100 scientists and unanimously approved by diplomats from nations around the world Thursday at a meeting in Geneva, proposed possible fixes and made more dire warnings.
“The way we use land is both part of the problem and also part of the solution,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, a French climate scientist who co-chairs one of the panel’s working groups.
“Sustainable land management can help secure a future that is comfortable.”
We should we be worried? Well, if we as a Human Race do nothing, then these dire warnings will materialize. However, there are technologies currently being developed that will help provide solutions. Carbon Capture and Storage is just one of the pieces to the solution. So while the United Nations is correct in suggesting that change in the way we use land should be encouraged strongly, it is not the only solution. It is a single piece to a large puzzle full of solutions.
I do believe that Humanity will work hard on providing a portfolio of solutions, and over time, the Planet will become a healthier place to live.
The Future is Bright!