Two climate research papers in Carbon Brief's 2016 top ten

25 January 2017

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Two research papers from Dr Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food were ranked in the top ten climate-related papers of 2016 for news and social media attention, according to analysis by climate science and policy website Carbon Brief.

'Analysis and valuation of the health and climate change cobenefits of dietary change', published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), was placed second in the rankings. The research found that a worldwide switch to plant-based diets could reduce global mortality by up to 10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% by 2050.

In seventh place in the top ten was 'Global and regional health effects of future food production under climate change: a modelling study', published in The Lancet, which estimated climate change could kill more than 500,000 adults in 2050 worldwide due to changes in diets and bodyweight from reduced crop productivity.