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Forests: To Tackle Climate Change
09. August 2017 at 19:24
by Anjila Lamichhane
Planet for today and tomorrow. Lets' save it for the future generation.
We really appreciate the word “Forest”, as it is very useful in our day to day life…………from our birth to death. Climate change is emerging as perhaps the greatest environmental challenge of the twenty-first century. It is basically, the change in precipitation and rainfall pattern. The global threats, such as poverty, starvation, deforestation, conflict, over population growth, green house gas emission, environmental pollution, soil degradation, and desertification contribute to climate change, necessitating an approach to a solution for it. Climate change cannot be totally eradicated but only be mitigated. Climate change mitigation consist the actions to limit the magnitude or rate of long-term climate change. Forests can be part of the solution. They are the climate umbrella of our planet.

1)Longer growing season
2)Changes in precipitation
3)Potential for summer drought
4)CO2 fertilization
5)Different health hazards
6)Extreme events
7)Rise in sea level
8)Increase in global temperature
9)Invasive plants
10)Biodiversity loss

Forests have major roles in climate change: they currently contribute about one-third of global carbon emissions when cleared, overused or degraded; they react sensitively to a changing climate; when managed sustainably, they produce wood fuels as a benign alternative fossil fuels; and finally, they have the potential to absorb about one- tenth of the global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them in perpetuity.

Forests and climate are intrinsically linked: forest loss and degradation is both a cause and an effect of our changing climate. As deforestation and forest degradation have such a significant impact on climate change, reducing forest loss can have multiple benefits for ecosystems and people. These include cutting greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon, providing other ecosystems services, and maintaining intact, functioning forests that have the best chance of withstanding climate change. Rising to the challenge of climate change has entailed cooperation among the world’s nations and strong support from international organizations concerned.

Can we avoid climate change?
Can we reduce climate change?

1)Forest carbon stock conservation through reduction of deforestation and forest degradation
2)Carbon sequestration through increases in forest and forest carbon stock enhancement
3)Strengthening adaptive capacities of forest dependent communities
4)Strengthening adaptive capacity of forests especially in fragile forest ecosystems

Cite This Article As: Anjila Lamichhane. "Forests: To Tackle Climate Change." International Youth Journal, 09. August 2017.

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