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Reducing emissions from agriculture to meet the 2°C target

Overview of attention for article published in Global Change Biology, May 2016
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29 news outlets
12 blogs
2 policy sources
195 tweeters
15 Facebook pages

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Reducing emissions from agriculture to meet the 2°C target
Published in
Global Change Biology, May 2016
DOI 10.1111/gcb.13340
Pubmed ID

Wollenberg, E., Richards, M., Smith, P., Havlík, P., Obersteiner, M., Tubiello, F.N., Herold, M., Gerber, P., Carter, S., Reisinger, A., van Vuuren, D., Dickie, A., Neufeldt, H., Sander, B.O., Wassmann, R., Sommer, R., Amonette, J.E., Falcucci, A., Herrero, M., Opio, C., Roman‐Cuesta, R., Stehfest, E., Westhoek, H., Ortiz‐Monasterio, I., Sapkota, T., Rufino, M.C., Thornton, P.K., Verchot, L., West, P.C., Soussana, J.‐F., Baedeker, T., Sadler, M., Vermeulen, S., Campbell, B.M., E. Wollenberg, M. Richards, P. Smith, P. Havlík, M. Obersteiner, F.N. Tubiello, M. Herold, P. Gerber, S. Carter, A. Reisinger, D. van Vuuren, A. Dickie, H. Neufeldt, B.O. Sander, R. Wassmann, R. Sommer, J.E. Amonette, A. Falcucci, M. Herrero, C. Opio, R. Roman-Cuesta, E. Stehfest, H. Westhoek, I. Ortiz-Monasterio, T. Sapkota, M.C. Rufino, P.K. Thornton, L. Verchot, P.C. West, J.-F. Soussana, T. Baedeker, M. Sadler, S. Vermeulen, B.M. Campbell, Wollenberg E, Richards MB, Smith P, Havlík P, Obersteiner M, Tubiello FN, Herold M, Gerber P, Carter S, Reisinger A, van Vuuren D, Dickie A, Neufeldt H, Sander BO, Wassman R, Sommer R, Amonette JE, Falcucci A, Herrero M, Opio C, Roman-Cuesta R, Stehfest E, Westhoek H, Ortiz-Monasterio I, Sapkota T, Rufino MC, Thornton PK, Verchot L, West PC, Soussana JF, Baedeker T, Sadler M, Vermeulen S, Campbell BM, Wollenberg, E, Richards, M, Smith, P, Havlík, P, Obersteiner, M, Tubiello, F N, Herold, M, Gerber, P, Carter, S, Reisinger, A, van Vuuren, D, Dickie, A, Neufeldt, H, Sander, B O, Wassmann, R, Sommer, R, Amonette, J E, Falcucci, A, Herrero, M, Opio, C, Roman-Cuesta, R, Stehfest, E, Westhoek, H, Ortiz-Monasterio, I, Sapkota, T, Rufino, M C, Thornton, P K, Verchot, L, West, P C, Soussana, J-F, Baedeker, T, Sadler, M, Vermeulen, S, Campbell, B M, Wollenberg, Eva, Richards, Meryl, Smith, Pete, Havlík, Petr, Obersteiner, Michael, Tubiello, Francesco N., Herold, Martin, Gerber, Pierre, Carter, Sarah, Reisinger, Andrew, Vuuren, Detlef P., Dickie, Amy, Neufeldt, Henry, Sander, Björn O., Wassmann, Reiner, Sommer, Rolf, Amonette, James E., Falcucci, Alessandra, Herrero, Mario, Opio, Carolyn, Roman‐Cuesta, Rosa Maria, Stehfest, Elke, Westhoek, Henk, Ortiz‐Monasterio, Ivan, Sapkota, Tek, Rufino, Mariana C., Thornton, Philip K., Verchot, Louis, West, Paul C., Soussana, Jean‐François, Baedeker, Tobias, Sadler, Marc, Vermeulen, Sonja, Campbell, Bruce M., van Vuuren, Detlef P., Eva Wollenberg, Meryl Richards, Pete Smith, Petr Havlík, Michael Obersteiner, Francesco N. Tubiello, Martin Herold, Pierre Gerber, Sarah Carter, Andrew Reisinger, Detlef P. van Vuuren, Amy Dickie, Henry Neufeldt, Björn O. Sander, Reiner Wassmann, Rolf Sommer, James E. Amonette, Alessandra Falcucci, Mario Herrero, Carolyn Opio, Rosa Maria Roman-Cuesta, Elke Stehfest, Henk Westhoek, Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, Tek Sapkota, Mariana C. Rufino, Philip K. Thornton, Louis Verchot, Paul C. West, Jean-François Soussana, Tobias Baedeker, Marc Sadler, Sonja Vermeulen, Bruce M. Campbell, Wollenberg, Eva K, Havlik, Petr, Gerber, P.J., Reisinger, Andy, Sander, Bjoern Ole, Wassman, R., Roman-Cuesta, RM, Westhoek, H.J., Sapkota, Tek Bahadur, Soussana, J.F., Tubiello, FN, Amonette, JE, West, PC


More than 100 countries pledged to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Richards et al., 2015a) in the 2015 Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yet technical information about how much mitigation is needed in the sector versus how much is feasible remains poor. We identify a preliminary global target for reducing emissions from agriculture of ~1 GtCO2 e/yr by 2030 to limit warming in 2100 to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Yet plausible agricultural development pathways with mitigation co-benefits deliver only 21 to 40% of needed mitigation. The target indicates that more transformative technical and policy options will be needed, such as methane inhibitors and finance for new practices. A more comprehensive target for the 2°C limit should be developed to include soil carbon and agriculture-related mitigation options. Excluding agricultural emissions from mitigation targets and plans will increase the cost of mitigation in other sectors or reduce the feasibility of meeting the 2°C limit. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Mexico 1 1%
United Kingdom 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Unknown 88 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 33 36%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 15%
Student > Master 10 11%
Professor 9 10%
Other 7 8%
Other 18 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 32 35%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 26 29%
Unspecified 12 13%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 6 7%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 7%
Other 9 10%

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