Neglected transformational responses: implications of excluding short lived emissions and near term projections in greenhouse gas accounting

Wedderburn-Bisshop, G, Longmire, A and Rickards, L 2015, 'Neglected transformational responses: implications of excluding short lived emissions and near term projections in greenhouse gas accounting', The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 11-27.


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Title Neglected transformational responses: implications of excluding short lived emissions and near term projections in greenhouse gas accounting
Author(s) Wedderburn-Bisshop, G
Longmire, A
Rickards, L
Year 2015
Journal name The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 11
End page 27
Total pages 17
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Abstract Greenhouse gas conventions and metrics have powerful framing effects, significantly under-reporting emissions and obscuring the impact of shorter-lived emissions. This interdisciplinary Australian case study re-calculates emissions to include short lived gases and use 20 year Global Warming Potentials (GWPs), a timeframe relevant to averting catastrophic change. Australia's annual emissions more than double when compared to the national inventory, with agriculture producing 54% of the national total. Ruminant livestock emerge as a transformative mitigation opportunity. While success in rapid cuts could revitalise other mitigation efforts, it would require demand-led change and significant producer adaptation. Most siloed analyses neglect such flow-on effects.
Subject Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Environment Policy
Keyword(s) Adaptation
Agriculture
Framing
Greenhouse Accounting
Mitigation
Short Lived Emission
Transformation
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