But the article overlooked another major solution hiding in plain sight: nature. The science is clear. Globally, nature can deliver more than one-third of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius. Natural climate solutions are proven ways of storing and reducing carbon emissions in the world’s forests, grasslands and wetlands. In the United States alone, one-fifth of carbon emissions could be prevented or sequestered by harnessing the power of nature — roughly the equivalent of removing the emissions from all U.S. cars and trucks from the road.
Time is not on our side, and we have a lot of work to do. Transitioning to zero-carbon energy solutions remains crucial, but natural climate solutions are available today, relatively affordable and backed by science. Let’s get to work.
Mark Tercek, Arlington
The writer is chief executive of the Nature Conservancy.