CARBON BRIEF: World can meet growing food demands and limit warming to 1.5C, study says

Carbon Brief featured a new study, by Dr. Stefan Frank, which finds that reducing emissions from agriculture and food production is essential to prevent a rise above 1.5C. Food production, alone, accounts for approximately 30% of greenhouse gas emissions: this must be reduced to meet the 1.5 limit

However, it is vital that food availability continues to increase while emissions decrease. Dr. Frank finds that a carbon tax may be the most effective method to ensure food stability, he says:

“For this study, we use an economic land use and mimic different climate change mitigation policies implementing emission reduction targets and bioenergy demands. The emission reduction targets are achieved by implementing a carbon price in the model, which incentivises the shift towards more greenhouse gas efficient production systems.”

This is an important study which shows that carbon pricing can drive positive effects, but can also drive negative effects. It sets an agenda about how to avoid the negatives, whilst embracing the positives.

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CarbonBrief: Warming limit of 1.5C would ‘save’ huge expanses of permafrost, study says


CarbonBrief article highlights that the increase to 2C rather than stabilizing at 1.5C has severe impacts on the melting of permafrost.

The cost of allowing global temperature to rise to 2C, rather than capping warming at 1.5C, is an area of permafrost the size of Mexico, according to new research.


The article features a study that links the commitments in the Paris Agreement to permafrost melting.

The study, carried out by a team of scientists from Sweden, Norway and the UK, is the first to work out what the ambitious targets contained in the Paris Agreement mean for permafrost loss. While warming of 2C would ultimately see permafrost-covered land shrink by more than 40%, stabilising at 1.5C would “save” approximately 2m square km, says the new study. The paper, published in Nature Climate Change, warns that thawing permafrost unlocks large amounts of CO2 and methane, which could potentially be released to the atmosphere.

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Climate Analytics Report: EU Needs to Shut all Coal Plants by 2030

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 10.37.24 AMIn a new report, A Stress Rest for Coal in Europe under the Paris Agreement, Climate Analytics says:

The EU will need to phase out CO2 emissions from all of its coal plants in the next 15 years if it is to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goals

The report provides a science-based analysis of when – and where – each of the EU’s more than 300 coal power plants would need to be phased out.

View the interactive map here.

Climate Analytics found that for the EU to remain within the temperature limit of ‘well below 2˚C,’ coal plants must not emit more than 6.5Gt by 2050. If coal plants continue to operate as usual the EU will surpass limits necessary for the Paris Agreement by 85%.


10 Steps: The Ten Most Important Short-Term Steps to Limit Warming to 1.5°C

New insights from the Climate Action Tracker on ten vital short-term steps that must be taken to limit temperature from increasing above 1.5°C. The ten steps include:

  1. screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-11-47-41-amELECTRICITY: Sustain the growth rate of renewables and other zero and low carbon power until 2025 to reach 100% by 2050
  2. COAL POWER: No new coal plants, reduce emissions from coal power by at least 30% by 2025
  3. ROAD TRANSPORT: Last fossil fuel car sold before 2035
  4. AVIATION AND SHIPPING: Develop and agree on a 1.5°C compatible vision
  5. NEW BUILDINGS: All new buildings fossil-free and near zero energy by 2020
  6. BUILDING RENOVATION: Increase rates from <1% in 2015 to 5% by 2020
  7. INDUSTRY: All new installations in emissions-intensive sectors are low-carbon after 2020, maximise material efficiency
  8. LULUCF: Reduce emissions from forestry and other land use to 95% below 2010 levels by 2030, stop net deforestation by the 2020s
  9. COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE: Keep emissions at or below current levels, establish and disseminate regional best practice, ramp up research
  10. CO2 REMOVAL: Begin research and planning for negative emissions


Why the 1.5C climate limit matters in the Maldives

By Thoriq Ibrahim @Thoriqibrahim

For all the progress made in the Paris Agreement, there was always a risk that the treaty would be seen as an end point in the international effort to tackle climate change and not the beginning of a generational challenge.

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Photo Caption: Many of the Maldives islands are at risk from rising sea levels; Photo Credit: Nattu/Flickr; Photo License: CC BY-SA 2.0

1.5 to stay alive: UN’s warming goal feels the heat

By Saleemul Huq @SaleemulHuq

One of the most hotly contested and far reaching outcomes of the Paris Agreement agreed last December was the inclusion of the long term warming limit of 1.5C above pre industrial levels….

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Photo Caption: Under global warming scenarios above 1.5C, many corals may struggle to adapt say scientists; Photo Credit: Catlinseaviewsurvey; Photo License: CC BY-SA 2.0