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418. Ten New Insights in Climate Science 2021

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The report 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2021, which provides the key in determining the path to international cooperation on the climate crisis, was published by Future Earth, the Earth League and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) on November 4, 2021. The 10 new insights for 2021 are as follows: 

1. Stabilizing at 1.5°C warming is still possible, but immediate and drastic global action is required

2. Rapid growth in methane and nitrous oxide emissions put us on track for 2.7 C warming

3. Megafires – Climate change forces fire extremes to reach new dimensions with extreme impacts

4. Climate tipping elements incur high-impact risks

5. Global climate action must be just

6. Supporting household behaviour changes is a crucial but often overlooked opportunity for climate action

7. Political challenges impede effectiveness of carbon pricing

8. Nature-based Solutions are critical for the pathway to Paris – but look at the fine print

9. Building resilience of marine ecosystems is achievable by climate-adapted conservation and management, and global stewardship

10. Costs of climate change mitigation can be justified by the multiple immediate benefits to the health of humans and nature

In particular, the second insight which states that “rapid growth in emissions of methane and nitrous oxide” is attributed to the agriculture and food sectors. It is important to apply innovations in the food and agriculture sectors that can reduce these greenhouse gases. These include improved nitrogen use efficiency, feed for livestock that reduces methane emissions, promotion of healthy diets with less meat, and reduction of food waste and loss.

At the JIRCAS International Symposium on November 17, international cooperation to achieve both food security and greenhouse gas reduction through innovation in the Asian monsoon region will be discussed. Please watch and join us.

JIRCAS International Symposium 2021

The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Achieving Sustainable Food Systems in the Asia Monsoon Region: A Platform for International Collaboration

Date & Time: November 17 (Wed), 2021, 14:00 - 16:15
Format: Online (Live Streaming via JIRCAS YouTube channel)
Program: https://www.jircas.go.jp/en/symposium/2021/e20211117
Registration: https://www.jircas.go.jp/en/symposium/2021/e20211117/entry (Deadline: 9:00 AM Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021)

Martin, M., et al. (2021). Ten new insights in climate science 2021 – a horizon scan. Global Sustainability, 1-39. doi:10.1017/sus.2021.25

Contributor: IIYAMA Miyuki (Director, Information Program)