UN delivers stark warning on climate

  • by OTA Newsflash
  • 11-Aug-2021 12:00

Organic agriculture can help offset the damages

In a sobering, stark report, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change delivered a warning that unless drastic changes are made, the world will reach a global tipping point of 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming by 2040, a decade earlier than previously expected. The nearly 4,000-page report found that "it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land" at an unprecedented rate over the past two millennia. All regions in the United States and world are expected to experience further increases in hot climate effects, particularly as it relates to agriculture and human health. Agriculture is the second highest contributor of greenhouse gasses to overall emissions, with the bulk of that warming stemming from manure storage. The good news is that many agricultural emissions are "short lived," meaning changes to production practices would have significant positive effects on a shorter time frame than some emissions from other sectors. Many practices associated with organic production are cited as more sustainable practices: reduced petrochemical-based inputs, cover cropping, rotational grazing, buffer zones and other conservation practices are all cited as improvements on many predominant systems of production. Download the Summary for Policymakers here