Forests are key to resilient growth and climate justice

By Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
Thomson Reuters Foundation
November 14, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

This week world leaders are meeting for the COP 23 global climate change conference in Bonn. …Fortunately, the economic case for climate action is compelling. The Global Commission for the Economy and Climate has shown that it’s possible to have stronger economic growth while meeting Paris climate targets, by focusing on opportunities such as renewable energy, low carbon infrastructure and forests and land use. In fact, new research from The Nature Conservancy shows that the forest and land-use sector can deliver 37 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2030 to avoid dangerous climate change.  …Scientists estimate that last year the planet lost 73 million acres of forests, equal to the size of New Zealand, and an increase of 51 percent compared to 2015. …Around the world governments, businesses and civil society organisations are working harder than ever to address this challenge.

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