Rainforests

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Eden of Winton Lord Eden of Winton Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effect on global warming and climate change of the continuing destruction of rainforests.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Our assessment, based on information in the 4th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and taking account of the 2010 Global Forest Resource Assessment of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, is that deforestation and associated land use change accounted for some 8 GtCO2/yr over the past decade. It contributed about 17 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2005. Global action to reduce the destruction of rainforests will therefore be crucial to limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels.

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