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05 June 2024

The 2024 State of CDR Report: Scaling up CO2 removal to meet Paris Targets

The 2024 State of Carbon Dioxide Removal report finds that around 7–9 billion tonnes of CO2 per year will need to be removed by mid-century from the atmosphere if the world is to meet the 1.5°C Paris Agreement target. The authors stress that reducing emissions is the primary way to achieve net-zero, but Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) has a critical role to play.
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25 April 2024

Climate change could become the main driver of biodiversity decline by mid-century

Global biodiversity has declined between 2% and 11% during the 20th century due to land-use change alone, according to a large multi-model study published in Science. The projections show that climate change could become the main driver of biodiversity decline by the mid-21st century.
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02 April 2024

CROPS: a new EU-funded project to grow citizen science in Europe

In February 2024, a new EU-funded project kicked off. CROPS – short for curating, replicating, orchestrating, and propagating citizen science across Europe – is a three-year project that brings together six partners from six different countries to develop and demonstrate a modern, inclusive mechanism to support the upscaling of citizen science activities in Europe and beyond.

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12 December 2023

Climate ‘tipping points’ can be positive too – our report sets out how to engineer a domino effect of rapid changes

In a new article just published in The Conversation, IIASA researcher Caroline Zimm, Steven R. Smith and Tim Lenton shed light on the domino effect of positive tipping points and offer insights into the demanding legwork required to catalyze the widespread sustainable transformations outlined in the landmark Global Tipping Points Report recently launched at COP28 in Dubai.

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04 December 2023

Empowering global decision makers through impactful engagement with the North Africa Applied Systems Analysis Centre Diploma Program

Several IIASA researchers provided valuable input and presented workshops at the North Africa Applied Systems Analysis Center's Diploma Program earlier this year. IIASA researcher Ali Kharrazi shares his insights from this impactful engagement.