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Considering agriculture in IPCC assessments

The treatment of agriculture has evolved over the lifetime of the IPCC, as tracked by the assessment reports. Efforts to quantify crop yield impacts and mitigation potentials have increased significantly, as has adaptation research. However, there remains a dearth of experimental and observational studies.

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Figure 1: Schematics of the amount of coverage devoted to topics in each of the five IPCC assessment reports.
Figure 2: Estimates of total global mitigation potential in agriculture in each AR.


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Porter, J., Howden, M. & Smith, P. Considering agriculture in IPCC assessments. Nature Clim Change 7, 680–683 (2017).

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