Call for EU land-use policy to reflect temperature impact

EU land-use policy should incorporate new findings on the “significant” effect changes have on regional temperature, scientists have said.

Changes to European cropland resulted in widespread cooling, a study published in Nature on Wednesday found, raising questions for current land use, land-use change, and forestry policy (LULUCF).

"The message is quite clear," said lead author Francesco Cherubini. “Abandoned cropland - or land cover change more generally - and its role in regional climate can help us adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.”

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