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Finding Better Ways To Use Land Could Decrease Carbon Emissions By 30 Percent

By Brian Spaen

Pursuing renewable energy will make a big dent in reducing carbon emissions, but one of the best solutions comes naturally. According to a study led by The Nature Conservancy, forest restoration projects and improving how we farm could lead up to a 30 percent overall decrease in carbon emissions. Should we aim toward these goals, there’s a much better chance of containing global warming.

Natural solutions to eliminate carbon emissions have a similar impact to removing cars off the road. According to the study released in October, the combination of reforestation and limiting human impact in cutting trees down would be the equivalent of removing 1.27 billion cars annually. Adding the next-biggest solution of maintaining these forests better, that would eliminate 7 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions.