Neglected Transformational Responses: Implications of Excluding Short Lived Emissions and Near Term Projections in Greenhouse Gas Accounting

By Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, Andrew Longmire and Lauren Rickards.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: August 17, 2015 $US5.00

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.

Keywords: Adaptation, Agriculture, Framing, Greenhouse Accounting, Mitigation, Short Lived Emission, Transformation

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.11-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 17, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 885.733KB)).

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop

Researcher, Land Use Plan, Beyond Zero Emissions, Pottsville, NSW, Australia

Andrew Longmire

Director, Land Use Plan, Beyond Zero Emissions, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Lauren Rickards

Research Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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