Episode 88 - This Land is Our Land

The IPCC released their special report "Climate Change and Land" to examine how human-led land use change is contributing to global warming irrespective of our direct GHG emissions, and how this might impact our future resilience in the face of desertification, land degradation, and food insecurity. This episode features a ton of facts: surface air temperature is warming twice as fast above land compared to the global average; land change alone accounts for a whopping 1/4 of all anthropological based warming; agriculture is responsible for 70% of global freshwater use; and industrial agricultural methods along with nitrogen fertilizer use have exploded so rapidly over the past several decades that top soil is being lost at rates 100 times faster than the earth's ability to replenish it. But more importantly, these facts are just the tip of the rapidly melting iceberg and give way to plenty of endless rants on all of the usual failures of the IPCC's failures and omissions.

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  • 00:31 Fire Lord Bolsonaro
  • 04:47 IPCC: Climate Change and Land
  • 12:17 Our Waists and Waste
  • 24:17 Nitrogen - it's a gas
  • 30:21 Sustainable What
  • 44:47 Risks
  • 50:46 Feedback Loops
  • 1:04:56 Adaptation and Projections
  • 1:18:03 Blame
  • 1:26:44 What Can We Do?

Recommended Reading

The IPCC Report on Land Use and Climate Change


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Published 22-08-2019 01:18