FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS FIGHTING DEFORESTATION, SAYS NEPSTAD ET AL

That’s the message from Daniel Nepstad and 30 colleagues in response to an op-ed in the New York Times headlined, ‘To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees', written by Yale university assistant professor Nadine Unger. ‘One of the biggest near-term opportunities to mitigate climate change is to slow down deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics, where the lion’s share of the world’s forest loss is taking place,’ a statement by Nepstad et al reads. ‘Tropical forests provide a cooling effect through the long-term removal of carbon from the atmosphere and by increasing sky albedo via cloud generation. This week’s UN climate negotiations include the continuing and critically important effort to slow the clearing and degradation of tropical forests as a cost-effective contribution to climate change mitigation.’

David Hill