IPCC scientists seem to acknowledge the complicated picture posed by traditional biomass, telling policymakers that its use can either increase or decrease "terrestrial carbon stocks," depending on how sustainable the practice is. To mitigate the negative impacts of traditional biomass, the IPCC recommends that governments careful consider their land-use policies and choices of feedstock that are involved.
The IPCC's latest report issued is its first since its fourth assessment report was issued in 2007. On the group's website, the Working Group III's co-chairman, Ottmar Edenhofer, says its fifth landmark report will be published in 2014 and will borrow heavily from the analysis distributed to governments yesterday.
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