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Energy needed for poverty eradication, that's also ‘compatible with climate goals’

Research shows that supporting decent living standards (poverty eradication) is not at odds with climate mitigation. Image: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Jarmo Kikstra

Researcher and PhD candidate, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London.

Narasimha Rao

Associate professor and senior research scholar, Yale School of the Environment and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.


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The inset charts visualise the regional average share of population living below decent living standards (gap, in white) alongside those with decent living standards (coloured bars) from 0 to 100%. Image: Kikstra et al. (2021).

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Total yearly energy needs to support decent living globally, by type of basic need and region, based on building and operating the infrastructure required. Image: Kikstra et al. (2021).


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