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dc.contributor.authorLamb, Anthony
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Rhys
dc.contributor.authorBateman, Ian
dc.contributor.authorBroadmeadow, Mark
dc.contributor.authorBruce, Toby
dc.contributor.authorBurney, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorCarey, Pete
dc.contributor.authorChadwick, David
dc.contributor.authorCrane, Ellie
dc.contributor.authorField, Rob
dc.contributor.authorGoulding, Keith
dc.contributor.authorGrifiiths, Howard
dc.contributor.authorHastings, Astley
dc.contributor.authorKasoar, Tim
dc.contributor.authorKindred, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorPhalan, Ben
dc.contributor.authorPickett, John
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Pete
dc.contributor.authorWall, Eileen
dc.contributor.authorzu Ermgassen, Erasmus K.H.J.
dc.contributor.authorBalmford, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-27T15:11:42Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-04
dc.description.abstractGreenhouse gas emissions from global agriculture are increasing at around 1% per annum, yet substantial cuts in emissions are needed across all sectors1. The challenge of reducing agricultural emissions is particularly acute, because the reductions achievable by changing farming practices are limited2, 3 and are hampered by rapidly rising food demand4, 5. Here we assess the technical mitigation potential offered by land sparing—increasing agricultural yields, reducing farmland area and actively restoring natural habitats on the land spared6. Restored habitats can sequester carbon and can offset emissions from agriculture. Using the UK 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 realized in practice.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipCambridge Conservation Initiative Collaborative Fund for Conservationen_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipArcadiaen_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipGates Cambridge Scholarshipen_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipBiotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)en_GB
dc.identifier.citationPublished online 04 January 2016en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/nclimate2910
dc.identifier.grantnumberBBS/E/C/00005198en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/19369
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherNature Publishing Groupen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonPublisher policyen_GB
dc.subjectAgricultureen_GB
dc.subjectClimate change mitigationen_GB
dc.titleThe potential for land sparing to offset greenhouse gas emissions from agricultureen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1758-678X
dc.identifier.eissn1758-6798
dc.identifier.journalNature Climate Changeen_GB
dcterms.dateAccepted2015-12-02
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