Keystone Actors, IPCC & Supercharged Climate

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*Scientists and corporates (‘keystone actors’) for biosphere sustainability * <> The project reported on in this paper set out to pursue the question of whether and how major transnational seafood companies might be motivated to engage cooperatively with their peers in collective action for ocean sustainability.
The group of scientists leading this process identified 13 seafood companies with disproportionate influence and termed them “keystone actors”. They then supported them through what became six emergent phases of stewardship, from tentative conversations to tangible results.
The report provides valuable insights into how scientists can facilitate strategic and long term change within corporations through the co-production of knowledge, helping to bring about a cultural evolution in which new insights, norms, and practices benefit all participants, with potential cascading effects.
*Climate Change 2022: the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report*
The contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change has been published. This report details the widespread and severe losses and damages climate change is already causing to people, nature and economies worldwide. It also shares how successful our current adaptation actions are, reviews the limits beyond which adaptation will no longer be effective, and investigates how to move towards climate-resilient development.
We include here links to three documents that provide different and complementary entry-points to this massive and essential work:
– A list of six crucial ‘takeaways’ from the report, by the World Resources Institute. – A factsheet on the impact of and responses to climate change in a specific geographical area (southern Africa), prepared by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and members of the IPCC Africa chapter. – A *Summary for Policymakers*, by an IPCC team.
*1. Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability <>*
– Climate change impacts are already more severe than expected. – They are likely to get worse in the near future. – Risks will escalate, with some irreversible impacts. – Inequity, conflict and development challenges heighten vulnerability. – Adaptation is crucial, and solutions exist. – Action is needed now to address losses and damages.
Succinct commentary and examples support each point.
*2. Factsheet on southern Africa <>* This first regional case-study arising out of the Report is both detailed and user-friendly, with the material arranged according to several key areas:
– How southern Africa’s climate is already changing. – Southern Africa’s future climate. – Climate change impacts already visible. – Southern Africa’s potential to adapt. – Key investment areas for a climate-resilient southern Africa.
*3. Summary for Policymakers <>* This 35-page document consists of 15 dense but accessible and non-technical paragraphs arranged in three groups:
– Observed and projected impacts and risks – Adaptation measures and enabling conditions – Climate resilient development.
*A Supercharged Climate* <> This report of the Climate Council of Australia on the unprecedented flooding in New South Wales and Queensland in February/March 2022 provides maps, graphs, photographs and statistics, together with a succinct analysis of the factors involved, concluding that ‘At this point, truly transformative climate action is required’.
*Historical Global Treaty on Plastic Waste <>*
Russia, Ukraine ‘hybrid warfare’ <>
*Expected global suitability of coffee, cashew and avocado due to climate change <>*
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