Stop abusing land, scientists warn

Scientists are poised to deliver a stark condemnation of the damage we are wreaking on the land surface of the planet.

We have degraded soils, expanded deserts, felled forests, driven out wildlife, and drained peatlands.

In the process, we have turned the land from an asset that combats climate change into a major source of carbon.

The scientists will say we must stop abusing the land if we hope to avoid catastrophic climate heating.