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CCC responds to IPCC land use and climate change report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today published a major new report which considers the importance of land use globally in reducing emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

In response, Corinne Le Quéré, Member of the Committee on Climate Change, said:

“The IPCC has issued a stark warning: climate change is already adversely affecting food security, terrestrial ecosystems and contributing to land degradation seen across a quarter of the world’s land surface. The way the world uses its land must change fundamentally to limit global warming to 1.5°C. That includes rethinking how food is produced globally, our food choices, and how land is managed. Rapid action is needed – delay risks serious impacts including desertification, further degradation of land, and potentially serious disruption to the global food supply.

“The IPCC’s findings chime with our advice to Government: the UK needs to reduce food waste, promote healthy diets, use land sustainably, and improve the condition of habitats; including planting more trees and restoring degraded soils. All of these steps will help to improve people’s lives, improve resilience to climate change and reduce the harmful emissions which cause climate change.”

Read the CCC’s 2018 report on the use of UK land to reduce UK emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.