Natural climate solutions for the United States

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Limiting climate warming to <2°C requires increased mitigation efforts, including land stewardship, whose potential in the United States is poorly understood. We quantified the potential of natural climate solutions (NCS)—21 conservation, restoration, and improved land management interventions on natural and agricultural lands—to increase carbon storage and avoid greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. We found a maximum potential of 1.2 (0.9 to 1.6) Pg CO2e year−1, the equivalent of 21% of current net annual emissions of the United States. At current carbon market prices (USD 10 per Mg CO2e), 299 Tg CO2e year−1could be achieved. NCS would also provide air and water filtration, flood control, soil health, wildlife habitat, and climate resilience benefits.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Natural climate solutions for the United States
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.aat1869
Volume 4
Issue 11
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description eaat1869; 14 p.
Country United States
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