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A climate glossary

As sustainability climbs the agenda, the number of technical terms and acronyms increases. Nina Bryant has compiled the ABC of ESG – a glossary of climate-related terms, organisations and standard setters to help you cut through the jargon

The maximum temperature – 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels – that climate scientists agree the planet can handle if we are to prevent worsening and irreversible environmental damage. See also ‘tipping point’.

An estimated or actual level of change modelled around the event that humans take no action to reduce their impact on the environment.