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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. Image: Meyer et al.
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