“Test climate targets using fragile ecosystems” Nature, Volume 553 (155)
BC3 Researcher, Ignacio Palomo has just published a Correspondence in the Scientific Journal Nature.
Nature is one of the most prestigious Scientific Journals (IF=40). Being published since 1869, it has published some of the most important scientific discoveries in history. It covers high impact original research across a wide range of disciplines.
The contribution “Fragile ecosystems to test climate targets“ published by Ignacio Palomo from the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) comes at the time when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing its special report on the 1.5 °C warming and its Sixth Assessment Report. It highlights the need to foster research on ecosystems that are very sensitive to temperature shifts and that deliver multiple ecosystem services, such as mountain and corals.
After the Paris Agreement, the options to achieve a 2ºC and 1.5ºC futures are increasingly being discussed. Some of these mitigation options such as geoengineering and bioenergy entail certain environmental and social risks. Research on such fragile ecosystems is necessary to balance the outcomes of the different climate targets and the impacts of the different mitigation options that exist.