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Last December in Paris, 196 governments agreed on the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degree C above preindustrial levels – an objective that holds the promise of delivering precisely such a transformation.One strategy that has gained a lot of momentum focuses on the need to develop large-scale technological interventions to control the global thermostat. Technologies such as "carbon capture and storage" (CCS), they argue, are necessary to limit damage and human suffering.The supposed savior technology – bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) – is not much better.With only 10 percent of the global population responsible for almost 50 percent of global CO2 emissions, there is a strong case to be made for implementing strategies that target the biggest emitters.The 2009 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development charts the way to a transformed agricultural system – with benefits that extend far beyond climate policy.Another powerful measure would be to protect and restore natural ecosystems, which could result in the storage of 220-330 gigatons of CO2 worldwide .
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