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Work on clouds ‘important’ for carbon targets, NERC says

A £12-million investment in climate sensitivity research will help the UK meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, according to the Natural Environmental Research Council.

In an interview with Research Fortnight, Ned Garnett, associate director of research at the research council, explained the rationale behind NERC’s decision to set up a large-scale research programme to reduce uncertainties in climate models due to clouds.

He said more accurate climate predictions would be instrumental in determining adaptation responses and fulfilling the commitment to the 2015 Paris agreement, which set a goal to limit global warming this century to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts” to limit it to 1.5°C.

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