Key Findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
A new briefing issued today distils the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report for the agriculture sector:
Climate-related impacts are already reducing crop yields in some parts of the world, a trend that is projected to continue as temperatures rise further.
Farmers can adapt to some changes, but there is a limit to what can be managed. The agricultural industry’s own interests are best served by ambitious approaches to adaptation and to cutting emissions.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture comprised about 10–12% of man-made GHG emissions in 2010.
Opportunities for mitigation include reducing emissions from land use change, land management and livestock management.
The potential for reducing GHG emissions through changes in consumption could be substantially higher than technical mitigation options.