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dc.contributor.authorLamb, Anthonyen
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Rhysen
dc.contributor.authorBateman, Ianen
dc.contributor.authorBroadmeadow, Marken
dc.contributor.authorBruce, Tobyen
dc.contributor.authorBurney, Jenniferen
dc.contributor.authorCarey, Peteen
dc.contributor.authorChadwick, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorCrane, Ellieen
dc.contributor.authorField, Roben
dc.contributor.authorGoulding, Keithen
dc.contributor.authorGriffiths, Howarden
dc.contributor.authorHastings, Astleyen
dc.contributor.authorKasoar, Timothyen
dc.contributor.authorKindred, Danielen
dc.contributor.authorPhalan, Benjaminen
dc.contributor.authorPickett, Johnen
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Peteen
dc.contributor.authorWall, Eileenen
dc.contributor.authorzu, Ermgassen Erasmus KHJen
dc.contributor.authorBalmford, Andrewen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-18T15:25:45Z
dc.date.available2015-12-18T15:25:45Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-04en
dc.identifier.citationLamb et al. Nature Climate Change (2016) Vol. 6, pp. 488-492. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2910en
dc.identifier.issn1758-678X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/253042
dc.description.abstractGreenhouse gas emissions from global agriculture are increasing at around 1% per annum, yet substantial cuts in emissions are needed across all sectors. The challenge of reducing agricultural emissions is particularly acute, because the reductions achievable by changing farming practices are limited and are hampered by rapidly rising food demand. Here we assess the technical mitigation potential offered by land sparing-increasing agricultural yields, reducing farm land area and actively restoring natural habitats on the land spared. Restored habitats can sequester carbon and can offset emissions from agriculture. Using the United Kingdom as an example, we estimate net emissions in 2050 under a range of future agricultural scenarios. We find that a land-sparing strategy has the technical potential to achieve significant reductions in net emissions from agriculture and land-use change. Coupling land sparing with demand-side strategies to reduce meat consumption and food waste can further increase the technical mitigation potential, however economic and implementation considerations might limit the degree to which this technical potential could be realised in practice.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Collaborative Fund for Conservation and we thank its major sponsor Arcadia. We thank J. Bruinsma for the provision of demand data, the CEH for the provision of soil data and J. Spencer for invaluable discussions. A.L. was supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.titleThe potential for land sparing to offset greenhouse gas emissions from agricultureen
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Nature Publishing Group via http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2910en
prism.endingPage492
prism.publicationDate2016en
prism.publicationNameNature Climate Changeen
prism.startingPage488
prism.volume6en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1038/nclimate2910en
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-01-04en
dc.contributor.orcidGreen, Rhys [0000-0001-8690-8914]
dc.contributor.orcidGriffiths, Howard [0000-0002-3009-6563]
dc.contributor.orcidKasoar, Timothy [0000-0002-8894-2996]
dc.contributor.orcidPhalan, Benjamin [0000-0001-7876-7226]
dc.identifier.eissn1758-6798
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
pubs.funder-project-idBBSRC (BB/M007693/1)
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2016-07-04


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