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21 Nov 2016

Graham Readfearn, Guardian (UK)

Countries must reduce emissions in a way that does not jeopardize food security & economic growth

"Marrakech climate talks wind down with maze of ambition still ahead," 18 Nov 2016

...In the lead up to Paris, each country submitted a climate plan — called a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) — to stay below the warming target. But…when analysts add these plans together, they show that rather than meeting the “well below 2C” goal, they…shoot far passed…But despite this gap being a key issue, it was not a focus of the Marrakech talks…But…countries still sent out strong political signals about raising ambition while…cutting emissions…[B]artering over just how ambitious countries are prepared to be on cutting emissions will go on…[Dr Joeri Rogelj, of Austria’s International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis] uses models that can deliver a whole suite of possible pathways that countries could take to slash their greenhouse gas levels…“You can slash emissions in ways that do not jeopardize economic growth, the eradication of poverty or food security,” he says. “But these models can equally show pathways where things like food security are jeopardized. In the end, that’s a question for society…”