Articles | Volume 14, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12701–12724, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-12701-2014
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12701–12724, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-12701-2014

Research article 03 Dec 2014

Research article | 03 Dec 2014

Potential climate forcing of land use and land cover change

D. S. Ward et al.

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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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