Weekly Read

My suggestion for this week primarily focuses on two things; The EVolution Show and the IPCC Special Report for policy makers on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) launched this week.

Johan Landgrens new show EVolution Channel has quickly become one of my favourite sources for information and inspiration in sustainability matters. The show that primarily focuses on energy recently launched three episodes on global energy trends. Mikael Höök, from Uppsala University, is very knowledgable on the topic and will provide you statistics and trends on oil, gas, energy and trade. I especially enjoyed the episode on China since I’ve recently been there.

Photo:  WMO

Photo: WMO

My second suggestion is to read, at least the summary, of the latest IPCC report. The intergovernmental planet on climate change is the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change. This report is the first one taking a global look at the land-climate system and having more than half of their scientific authors from developing countries. The report discusses both how the use of land, such as agriculture and forestry are impacting the climate but also how the change in climate are impacting areas such as food security. The report clearly states that we have to change the way we use land, conserving more land for biodiversity, transit to sustainable farming and last but not least change our diet towards a more plant based one.

You can download the whole report here!

Agriculture, forestry and other types of land use account for 23% of human greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time natural land processes absorb carbon dioxide equivalent to almost a third of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry
— Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III