Climate Change

Another cause of climate change is developing

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Science  30 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6221, pp. 516
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6221.516-b

The continuing increase in greenhouse gas concentrations is not the only thing driving global warming; changing land use, such as the conversion of forests to farmland, is adding to the problem, too. Because increasing population and rising affluence will require more land be farmed in order to supply food to the world, our climate will experience even more disruption in the coming decades. Ward et al. calculate the climate forcing due to land use and land cover change and find that it is contributing nearly half as much as anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, and that could grow in the future. Their work shows how important land policy will be in efforts to minimize continued climate warming.

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