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An innovative program to pay Ugandan villagers not to cut down trees shows promise in cutting back carbon emissions, researchers say -AFP photo

MIAMI - Paying small amounts of cash to convince landowners not to cut down their trees is a highly effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions that drive climate change, researchers said Thursday.

Read more: Paying to preserve trees helps fight warming

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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently unveiled a new set of guidelines to support developing countries balance the needs of increased food production and climate change adaptation. The guidelines aim to support governments in making sure that the agriculture sector is both included in national climate change adaptation plans and made more resilient and sustainable.

Read more: New FAO Guidelines Help Countries Achieve Climate Pledges

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Demand for food-based biofuels, such as palm oil, can drive rainforest destruction, the report emphasises. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

Read more: Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

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