Category : Mairead McGuinness
Talk of the weather is never far from farmers’ lips but into the future climate will dominate conversations across the community as the world tackles climate change and agriculture is asked to play its part, writes Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament.
Agriculture, forestry and land use is responsible for 24pc of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), second only to the energy sector which accounts for 35pc of emissions linked to climate change.
The good news is that emissions from agriculture, forestry and land use are under control according to Dr. Rajebdra Pachauri, chairman of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has just issued its fifth assessment of the state of global climate change. However, this does not mean that agriculture and land use will be exempted from actions to address climate change.
We know from the IPCC report that climate change is real and actions are urgently needed to tackle it. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The scientists believe we can address the threat of rising global temperatures – provided we do the right things now.
The IPCC pulls together the scientific information and proposes options for policy makers. It does not prescribe what countries should do but rather proposes what measures would work.