Take a quick glance at AVOID's findings...
AVOID has shown that limiting global warming to 2 °C is possible but challenging. Early global action increases our chances of remaining below this level.
Even stringent mitigation action to achieve a 2 °C target will not avoid all climate impacts (2016 peak in emissions and a 5% post-peak reduction rate). Significant damage or adaptation costs will still occur but they will be much reduced compared with business-as-usual.
Reducing the risk of triggering accelerated or irreversible climate change is one of the strongest reasons for imposing stringent climate mitigation policies. Limiting future climate change leads to a lower probability of irreversible melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and the release of large natural stores of methane from under parts of the ocean, which could cause further warming. It will also limit the die back of tropical forests.
If you want the latest news from the AVOID programme sent to you, please supply your email address: