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Harper, A. B.; et al. (2018): Land-use emissions play a critical role in land-based mitigation for Paris climate targets

Harper, A. B.; Powell, T.; Cox, P. M.; House, J.; Huntingford, C.; Lenton, T. M. et al. (2018): Land-use emissions play a critical role in land-based mitigation for Paris climate targets. In: Nat Comms 9 (1), S. 405. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05340-z.

"Here we show that additional land-use change to meet a 1.5 °C climate change target could result in net losses of carbon from the land. The effectiveness of BECCS strongly depends on several assumptions related to the choice of biomass, the fate of initial above ground biomass, and the fossil-fuel emissions offset in the energy system. Depending on these factors, carbon removed from the atmosphere through BECCS could easily be offset by losses due to land-use change. If BECCS involves replacing high-carbon content ecosystems with crops, then forest-based mitigation could be more eficient for atmospheric CO2 removal than BECCS."

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