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Sci Adv. 2018 Nov 14;4(11):eaat1869. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat1869. eCollection 2018 Nov.

Natural climate solutions for the United States.

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1
The Nature Conservancy, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA.
2
The Nature Conservancy, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA.
3
The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA 22203, USA.
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Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA.
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Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA.
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD 21037, USA.
7
Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy.
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Marine Sciences Program, Florida International University, North Miami, FL 33181, USA.
9
Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610, USA.
10
Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris 75016, France.
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Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA.
12
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, United States Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA.
13
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53726, USA.
14
The Nature Conservancy, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK.
15
Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.
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Duke University Wetland Center, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC 27708, USA.
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Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA 02540, USA.
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TerraCarbon LLC, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA.
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Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA.
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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.
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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250, USA.
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Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 95616, USA.
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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
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International Union for Conservation of Nature, Washington, DC 20009, USA.
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The Nature Conservancy, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.
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Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Abstract

Limiting climate warming to <2°C requires increased mitigation efforts, including land stewardship, whose potential in the United States is poorly understood. We quantified the potential of natural climate solutions (NCS)-21 conservation, restoration, and improved land management interventions on natural and agricultural lands-to increase carbon storage and avoid greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. We found a maximum potential of 1.2 (0.9 to 1.6) Pg CO2e year-1, the equivalent of 21% of current net annual emissions of the United States. At current carbon market prices (USD 10 per Mg CO2e), 299 Tg CO2e year-1 could be achieved. NCS would also provide air and water filtration, flood control, soil health, wildlife habitat, and climate resilience benefits.

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