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    Author(s): R. J. Alig
    Date: 2010
    Source: American Journal of Agricultural Economics
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    Land use change can play a very significant role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, as part of efficient portfolios of many land-related activities. Questions involving forestry’s and agriculture’s potential contributions to climate change mitigation are framed within a national context of increased demands for cropland, forage, and wood products to help feed and house an additional 3 billion people globally by 2050, increased land demand for bioenergy production, and millions of hectares of land needed to house another 125 million U.S. residents by midcentury. Three quite different papers, although all share use of Global Trade Analysis Project modeling or data, usefully examine land use and climate change with a global perspective on mitigation options. I summarize highlights and examples of commonalities and differences, with a view toward promoting better dovetailing of research across disciplines and sectors to aid in solving a global issue.

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    Alig, R.J. 2010. Land use and climate change: a global perspective on mitigation options: discussion. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 93(2): 356-357.


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    land demand, afforestation, avoided deforestation, forest management and investment

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