Climate Change

Climate crisis: Even temporarily overshooting 2°C would cause permanent damage to Earth’s species

The concept of climate overshoot is the next thing we will need to get to grips with. Image: UNSPLASH/Jeremy Bezanger

Joanne Bentley

Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Ecology, African Climate & Development Initiative., University of Cape Town

Alex Pigot

Research Fellow, Genetics, Evolution & Environment Division of Biosciences., UCL

Andreas L. S. Meyer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Cape Town

Christopher Trisos

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland

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In this scenario in which the world climate overshoots the 2°C target, emissions do not peak until 2040.
In this scenario in which the world climate overshoots the 2°C target, emissions do not peak until 2040. Image: Meyer et al.
Tropical corals exist at the limit of their thermal tolerance and are especially vulnerable to climate change.
Tropical corals exist at the limit of their thermal tolerance and are especially vulnerable to climate change. Image: Unsplash/ Qui Nguyen

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