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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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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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