Articles | Volume 14, issue 23
Research article
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03 Dec 2014
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 03 Dec 2014

Potential climate forcing of land use and land cover change

D. S. Ward, N. M. Mahowald, and S. Kloster


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ED: Publish as is (05 Nov 2014) by Patrick Chuang
AR by Daniel Ward on behalf of the Authors (06 Nov 2014)
Short summary
While climate change mitigation policy often focuses on the energy sector, we find that 40% of the historical human-caused change in the Earth’s radiative balance can be attributed to land use activities, such as deforestation and agriculture. Since pressure on land resources is expected to increase, we compute a theoretical upper bound on the radiative balance impacts from future land use which suggests that both energy policy and land policy are necessary to minimize future climate change.
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