10 New Insights in Climate Science 2020 - a Horizon Scan

Pihl, E., Alfredsson, E., Bengtsson, M., Bowen, K.J., Broto, V.C., Chou, K.T., Cleugh, H., Ebi, K., et al. (2021). 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2020 - a Horizon Scan. Global Sustainability 4 e5. 10.1017/sus.2021.2.

[thumbnail of ten-new-insights-in-climate-science-2020-a-horizon-scan.pdf]
ten-new-insights-in-climate-science-2020-a-horizon-scan.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (949kB) | Preview


We summarize some of the past year’s most important findings within climate change-related research. New research has improved our understanding of Earth’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide, finds that permafrost thaw could release more carbon emissions than expected and that the uptake of carbon in tropical ecosystems is weakening. Adverse impacts on human society include increasing water shortages and impacts on mental health. Options for solutions emerge from rethinking economic models, rights-based litigation, strengthened governance systems and a new social contract. The disruption caused by COVID-19 could be seized as an opportunity for positive change, directing economic stimulus towards sustainable investments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate Policy, Climate Impacts, Climate Mitigation, Climate Models, Thermokarst, Climate Feedbacks, Water Stress, Climate Anxiety, Climate Governance, Risk Governance, Environmental Economics, Urban Transformations, Climate Litigation, Future Earth
Research Programs: Directorate (DIR)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 12:26
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 10:58
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/17011

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item