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UN: Deforestation Makes World Hotter, Hungrier

UN: Deforestation Makes World Hotter, Hungrier

Created: August 08, 2019 06:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new United Nations science report on climate change says cutting down trees is making the world hotter and hungrier.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report examines how global warming and land interact in a vicious cycle. Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the land, while the way people use the land is making global warming worse.

Although the report doesn't pinpoint any country, scientists, when asked, pointed a finger at Brazil's recent stepped-up deforestation of the Amazon.

Hans-Otto Portner, a panel leader from Germany, said: "It contradicts all the messages that are coming out of the report."

Thursday's science-laden report says the combination is already making food more expensive, scarcer and even less nutritious.

But scientists say if people change the way they eat, grow food and manage forests, it could help save the planet from a far warmer future.

Earth's land masses, which are only 30% of the globe, are warming twice as fast as the planet as a whole.

Scientists emphasize they aren't telling you what to eat. Chairman Hoesung Lee says the panel doesn't make consumer choices, just recommendations for government leaders.

When pressed, however, about half a dozen of the scientists raised their hands to say they've reduced their personal diets because of climate change, with one of them saying it helped him lose weight and feel healthier.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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