Working the land to save the climate

11 Apr 2022

Reforestation and a new approach to land management will play a crucial role in efforts to mitigate climate change. LMU geographer Julia Pongratz is studying the impacts of land use on the carbon cycle.

The view on mitigating climate change has entered a new phase. Up to now, the future has been framed in terms of how long we can continue to emit CO2 at the present rate, while limiting the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C. This blithely optimistic view is no longer tenable. “We have already hit the buffers. We have practically used up our emissions budget,” says Julia Pongratz, Chair of Physical Geography and Land-Use Systems at LMU.

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