Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Conservation International's science is the foundation for all our work. Our global science team is dedicated to advancing conservation science — pursuing actionable knowledge and amplifying it through partnerships and outreach.

To date, Conservation International has published more than 1,300 peer-reviewed articles, many in leading journals including Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Here is an archive of our most recent research:

Delayed impact of natural climate solutions

Zhangcai Qin, Bronson Griscom, Yao Huang, Wenping Yuan, Xiuzhi Chen, Wenjie Dong, Tingting Li, Jonathan Sanderman, Pete Smith, Fan Wang, Song Yang

Global Change Biology

November 08, 2020

To limit global temperature rise, scientists have proposed significant potentials for climate change mitigation from protecting and managing natural systems. However, depending on the time taken for technology deployment and natural carbon gain, actual mitigation can be dramatically delayed, and total mitigation by 2030 or 2050 can be more than halved compared to the estimated potential. Delayed or lack of action on implementation would push back the timeline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, largely undermining the Paris goals. Launching actions now and learning from past experience can help deliver climate mitigation and sustainable development goals.

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Qin, Z., Griscom, B., Huang, Y., Yuan, W., Chen, X., Dong, W., … Yang, S. (2020). Delayed impact of natural climate solutions. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15413