The 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2020 report was prepared by a consortium of 57 leading researchers from 21 countries – including our Urban Institute member Professor Vanesa Castán Broto. As a partnership of Future Earth, the Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the series synthesizes the latest sustainability research for the international science-policy community, with annual installments since 2017.
This year’s top insights are below:
- Improved understanding of Earth’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide strengthen support for ambitious emission cuts to meet Paris Agreement
- Emissions from thawing permafrost likely to be worse than expected:
- Tropical forests may have reached peak uptake of carbon
- Climate change will severely exacerbate the water crisis
- Climate change can profoundly affect our mental health
- Governments are not seizing the opportunity for a green recovery from COVID-19
- COVID-19 and climate change demonstrates the need for a new social contract
- Economic stimulus focused primarily on growth would jeopardize the Paris Agreement
- Electrification in cities pivotal for just sustainability transitions
- Going to court to defend human rights can be an essential climate action
For full access to the resources visit: https://10nics2020.