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Scientists warn that we can’t rely too much on natural CO2 sinks

The world cannot direct all decarbonization efforts to natural carbon sinks, because their future contribution is “uncertain” because they are also affected by the climate crisis, therefore “the rapid and controlled elimination of fuels required fossils”.

This was revealed in the report ’10 new scientific perspectives’, prepared by a group of renowned scientists such as, among others, the director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, Johan Rockström, IPCC scientist Oliver Geden or the CREAF researcher Marcos Fernandez.

This study, the result of the collaboration between Future Earth, The Earth League and the World Climate Research Programme, has been presented every year since 2017 at the UN climate summits, and its latest version was presented at COP28, which is currently being held in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

The document presented this Sunday warns, for example, of the near “inevitability” of exceeding the safety threshold set by the UN climate expert group: the degree and a half increase in the Earth’s average temperature above pre-industrial levels.

It also highlights other strong impacts that have worsened in recent years, such as the acceleration of the loss of mountain glaciers or the growing human impotence in areas of high climate risk.

It also reviews some strategies that countries should implement to stop warming: starting with a “rapid and controlled elimination of fossil fuels” and a reform of food systems.

All this, they point out, must be supported by “solid policies” and a model of “joint governance” with new tools that make justice “operational.”

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