Ten new insights in climate science 2022

Maria A. Martin*, Emmanuel A. Boakye, Emily Boyd, Wendy Broadgate, Mercedes Bustamante, Josep G. Canadell, Edward R. Carr, Eric K. Chu, Helen Cleugh, Szilvia Csevar, Marwa Daoudy, Ariane De Bremond, Meghnath Dhimal, Kristie L. Ebi, Clea Edwards, Sabine Fuss, Martin P. Girardin, Bruce Glavovic, Sophie Hebden, Marina HirotaHuang Hsiung Hsu, Saleemul Huq, Karin Ingold, Ola M. Johannessen, Yasuko Kameyama, Nilushi Kumarasinghe, Gaby S. Langendijk, Tabea Katharina Lissner, Shuaib Lwasa, Catherine Machalaba, Aaron Maltais, Manu V. Mathai, Cheikh Mbow, Karen Mcnamara, Aditi Mukherji, Virginia Murray, Jaroslav Mysiak, Chukwumerije Okereke, Daniel Ospina, Friederike Otto, Anjal Prakash, Juan M. Pulhin, Emmanuel Raju, Aaron Redman, Kanta K. Rigaud, Johan Rockström, Joyashree Roy, E. Lisa F. Schipper, Peter Schlosser, Karsten A. Schulz, Kim Schumacher, Luana Schwarz, Murray Scown, Barbora Šedová, Tasneem A. Siddiqui, Chandni Singh, Giles B. Sioen, Detlef Stammer, Norman Julius Steinert, Sunhee Suk, Rowan Sutton, Lisa Thalheimer, Maarten Van Aalst, Kees Van Der Geest, Zhirong Jerry Zhao

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Non-technical summary We summarize what we assess as the past year's most important findings within climate change research: limits to adaptation, vulnerability hotspots, new threats coming from the climate-health nexus, climate (im)mobility and security, sustainable practices for land use and finance, losses and damages, inclusive societal climate decisions and ways to overcome structural barriers to accelerate mitigation and limit global warming to below 2°C. Technical summary We synthesize 10 topics within climate research where there have been significant advances or emerging scientific consensus since January 2021. The selection of these insights was based on input from an international open call with broad disciplinary scope. Findings concern: (1) new aspects of soft and hard limits to adaptation; (2) the emergence of regional vulnerability hotspots from climate impacts and human vulnerability; (3) new threats on the climate-health horizon - some involving plants and animals; (4) climate (im)mobility and the need for anticipatory action; (5) security and climate; (6) sustainable land management as a prerequisite to land-based solutions; (7) sustainable finance practices in the private sector and the need for political guidance; (8) the urgent planetary imperative for addressing losses and damages; (9) inclusive societal choices for climate-resilient development and (10) how to overcome barriers to accelerate mitigation and limit global warming to below 2°C. Social media summary Science has evidence on barriers to mitigation and how to overcome them to avoid limits to adaptation across multiple fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20
JournalGlobal Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2022

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Financial support. This work was supported by the ARC Future Fellowship (KMcN, grant number FT190100114); Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) (AdB, grant number 7F-01982.05); Australian National Environmental Science Program - Climate Systems Hub (JGC); Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (TL); Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (SF, CDRSynTra Project); Canadian Forest Service funds (MPG); Earth4All (LS); European Space Agency (SRH); European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (JM, grant number 820712); German Federal Foreign Office, Weathering Risk initiative (BS, grant number 404-468.40/6); IWMI (AM); Instituto Serrapilheira (MH, grant number Serra-1709-18983); JPMEERF20212002 (YK); Nansen Scientific Society (OMJ); Norges Forskningsråd (NJS, project IMPOSE, grant number 294930); Svenska Forskningsrådet Formas (EB, grant number 2018-01698) (MS, grant number 2018/0010) (WB, grant number 2021-00273); Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) (AdB, grant number FNW_003-2018-00); and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch Project (EKC, grant number 1023967).

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