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UN climate panel to issue report on future of land use, food security

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The United Nations on Thursday in Geneva says it is set to present a report on risks that climate change poses for the world’s fertile land and food supplies.

The dangers of climate-related land destruction had been highlighted by the recent heatwave and forest fires in the northern hemisphere.

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was expected to provide policy guidelines on how to protect valuable soil and combat global warming while preventing hunger and economic decline.

Some of the scientists, who drafted the document, had spoken of the need to curb consumption generally, particularly meat consumption.

They argued that animals, such as cows, emit greenhouse gases and use up land that could be used to grow foodstuff or forests.

However, leading politicians were expected to consider the IPCC’s findings at the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23, in New York.

The IPCC warned in October 2018 that limiting global warming to an average temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is only possible with rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes.

In the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries pledged to keep the global temperature rise well below two degrees. (dpa/NAN)

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