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Sustainability at the Nexus between Climate Change and Land Use Change

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2021) | Viewed by 2437

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Earth Systems Research Center, Insitute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 03824, USA
Interests: trace gas biogeochemistry; ecosystem ecology; climate change; land-use change; cryosphere; coupled human-natural systems

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Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College, 6182 Steele Hall, Room 113, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
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Dear Colleagues,

Land use practices in agriculture and forestry account for approximately one-third of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions that warm the atmosphere. Current land use practices and land use change may also influence climate at local and regional scales through shifts in the surface energy budget. Sustainable land management may offer a powerful means of reducing emissions and mitigating climate change while at the same time avoiding the cascading impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystem function, human health, and economic well-being. Attaining climate mitigation goals through land management may involve co-benefits by reducing land degradation and desertification. It may also include limitations, tradeoffs, and unintended consequences. This Special Issue seeks manuscripts that explore sustainability questions at the land use change climate change nexus to advance our understanding of how land use, which has been fundamental to driving the climate crisis, may also be essential to solving it.

Dr. Alexandra R. Contosta
Dr. David A. Lutz
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Keywords

  • land use change
  • climate change
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • surface energy budget
  • climate mitigation
  • co-benefit
  • tradeoff

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Nexus between Nitrous Oxide Emissions and Agricultural Land Use in Agrarian Economy: An ARDL Bounds Testing Approach
by Azad Haider, Muhammad Iftikhar ul Husnain, Wimal Rankaduwa and Farzana Shaheen
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2808; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052808 - 5 Mar 2021
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This paper analyses the relationship between Nitrous Oxide emissions, agricultural land use, and economic growth in Pakistan. Agriculture largely contributes to Nitrous Oxide emissions. Hence, models of agriculture induced Nitrous Oxide emissions are estimated in addition to models of total Nitrous Oxide emissions. [...] Read more.
This paper analyses the relationship between Nitrous Oxide emissions, agricultural land use, and economic growth in Pakistan. Agriculture largely contributes to Nitrous Oxide emissions. Hence, models of agriculture induced Nitrous Oxide emissions are estimated in addition to models of total Nitrous Oxide emissions. Estimated models accommodate more flexible forms of relationship between economic growth and emissions than those of the widely adopted models in testing the Environmental Kuznets Curve. The Auto-Regressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) bounds testing approach to co-integration and the vector error correction model approach is applied to test the Environmental Kuznets’s Curve hypothesis for Pakistan and to detect the directions of causality among variables using the time series data for the period 1971 to 2012. Results indicate that an N-shaped rather than an inverted U-shaped relationship exists in the case of Pakistan. The tipping values for total Nitrous Oxide emissions and agriculturally induced Nitrous Oxide emissions indicate that Pakistan passes through a phase of increasing environmental degradation. Increases in agricultural land use and per capita energy use will increase the level of Nitrous Oxide emissions. However, controlling Nitrous Oxide emissions from agricultural land use and per capita, energy use without adversely affecting economic development will be a serious policy challenge for Pakistan. Full article
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