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Abstract

Monitoring of the temperature record has shown that the 20th century has been the warmest period of time over the past 600 years. Possible influences on climate have been investigated, including methane emissions from peatlands and wetland rice fields, biomass burning and aircraft emissions. Joint implementation (JI) is a useful climate policy option for the mitigation of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Enhanced carbon assimilation by plants in a warmer climate may provide a carbon sink, helping to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. However afforestation programs may be problematical, possibly lowering groundwater levels, acidifying the soil, or having an adverse impact on the availability of agricultural land. Carbon sequestration by land-use cannot therefore be considered as the ultimate solution for anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission reduction.

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Authors: ZWICK A, Joint Research Centre - European Commission (IT); Instiitute for Prospective Technological Studies (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18088 EN (1998) 78pp.
Availability: Available from CCR Ispra - Servizio Pubblicazioni
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