17 September 2013
In a high profile side event to the UN General Assembly next week, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector will gather at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo to celebrate recent successes in forest protection to combat climate change and call for much greater future investment.
More success is needed. Numerous recent studies show that greenhouse gas emissions continue to accelerate and the resulting climate change is a severe and immediate threat to human well-being. While climate adaptation strategies are now essential, the first order of business is to reduce emissions going into the atmosphere. Deforestation in the tropics today contributes about 12% of global emissions, so addressing this problem must be part of any comprehensive climate strategy.
Read more from National Geographic here.