NZ Herald science writer Jamie Morton has followed up on the just-released UN report on climate change and reported on its big implications for agricultural New Zealand.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – he writes – has released its wide-ranging special report, Climate Change and Land, after two years’ work.
Its key takeaways include:
• The temperature over land has risen considerably more than the global average, rising 1.53C since pre-industrial times compared with 0.87C globally.
• Farming, forestry and other land-use activities combined accounted for around a quarter of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
• Since 1961, the consumption of meat has more than doubled, while emissions of methane from cattle and manure had increased by 1.7 times in the same period.
The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) is available here.
A Fact Sheet and Headline Statements are available at www.ipcc.ch