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California land use and climate change mitigation

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A study quantifying the potential climate benefits of ecosystem management, restoration, and conservation in California estimates that improving land use across approximately 125,000 hectares every year could negate the temperature rise associated with up to 147 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2030 and could contribute up to 17.4% of the emission reductions required to meet California's 2030 climate mitigation target, suggesting that reducing land-based emissions can contribute to climate change mitigation.


Article #17-07811: "Ecosystem management and land conservation can substantially contribute to California's climate mitigation goals," by D. Richard Cameron, David C. Marvin, Jonathan M. Remucal, and Michelle C. Passero.

MEDIA CONTACT: D. Richard Cameron, Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA; tel: 415-203-5734; e-mail: <>

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