New IFPRI modeling and report

IFPRI just published a new report entitled "Food Security, Farming and Climate Change to 2050: scenarios, results, policy options" with new outputs from their robust IMPACT partial equilibrium model. The punch line is:
Our analysis suggests that up to 2050, the challenges from climate change are “manageable,” in the sense that well-designed investments in land and water productivity enhancements might, conceivably, substantially offset the negative effects from climate change. But the challenges of dealing with the effects between 2050 and 2080 are likely to be much greater than those to 2050. Starting the process of slowing emissions growth today is critical to avoiding a calamitous post-2050 future.
The last sentence is a very important one. While attention (including my own) may be drifting toward adaptation, the fact that significant climate change will almost certainly occur is not a binary determination. It could be bad or very bad, depending on the level at which atmospheric greenhouse gases stabilize (or not), and thus in the long run mitigation still has an extremely important role to play. The challenge, of course, is that both the distraction of adaptation and the long time horizon make it very difficult to muster a critical mass of political will behind mitigation actions that impose any sort of economic pain whatsoever.

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