Climate Science

 Photograph by Rhett Butler

Photograph by Rhett Butler

 

The InterGovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is in the middle of its sixth assessment cycle. Two important Special Reports will appear in the coming year. Past IPCC assessment cycles used a less-ambitious goal (2°C), and incorporated a number of unproven assumptions about the possible pace and scale of carbon-removal technologies (particularly bioenergy with carbon capture and storage—BECCs). The IPCC will release its Special Report on the 1.5°C goal in October 2018. 

Lots of peer-reviewed literature grappling with the implications of the Paris Agreement’s long-term (1.5°C) goal appeared in 2017. In January 2018 CLARA presented a review of this recent literature, focusing on urgency of actions in the land-use sector. The paper built on pathbreaking research about the global potential to deploy forest protection and restoration, agroecological practices, improved land tenure, and other ‘natural climate solutions’ toward the goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C.   Link

In October, CLARA will publish a major analysis of 1.5°C pathways in the land sector that are compatible with CLARA’s goals of ecosystems integrity, land rights and food security. The objective of this report is to bring attention to real solutions to the climate crisis, requiring stronger demand-side mitigation and ambitious emissions reductions to avoid over-reliance on land-based negative emissions. View report