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Amid the ongoing and wall-to-wall coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, you may have missed an important piece of news. An academic paper published last month by Australian climate scientist, Steven Sherwood and a team of global colleagues, is arguably one of the most important – and one of the most terrifying – pieces of climate change research to emerge in recent years.
The paper increases the estimate for the increase in world temperatures over the next century to between 2.5 and 4 degrees celsius. This is significantly above the 2 degree threshold enshrined in the Paris agreement, and is extremely bad news for the sustainability of our food production system.
As such, the paper has also brought renewed focus on ways to cut carbon emissions, and some analysts believe that big data is key in this effort. In this article, we’ll explore why.