Science & Policy Overview

Science & Policy Overview

One Earth develops and supports cutting-edge, actionable science that can inform and influence decision-makers to achieve Paris-aligned roadmaps and policies in the public, private, and NGO sectors. We work closely with leading experts to develop scientific products that can directly support the collective goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C across three pillars of action -- renewable energy transition, nature conservation/restoration, and regenerative agriculture. One Earth’s scientific advisory group brings forward proposals to fill critical research gaps that could be instrumental to solving the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss within a time horizon of 1-4 years. Below are some highlights:

Working with scientists and engineers at German Aerospace Center, the University Technology Sydney, and the University of Melbourne, One Earth supported the development of a groundbreaking climate and energy transition model, published by Springer Nature in the 500-page book Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals (2019). With over 400,000 downloads it is an influential reference in literature on regionalized “just transition” frameworks for decarbonizing the building, transportation, and industry sectors. Supported by the UN Principles for Responsible Investing network and European Climate Foundation, a major update is forthcoming in 2021 that models transitions across ten industrial sub-sectors. A series of papers to be released in 2022 refines the technical potential of nature-based carbon removal to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.

One Earth was the lead funder in the groundbreaking paper “A Global Deal for Nature” (2019) published in Science Advances and authored by 14 of the world’s leading conservation experts to inform the UN Convention on Biological Diversity followed by The Global Safety Net..” — the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth’s land. The report was published in Science Advances and is also available through an interactive web application ( that allows users to click on a country, state, or ecoregion to see configurations of biologically important land for each region. The GSN is quickly gaining momentum, influencing conservation and climate policy at the international and regional levels. It was recently honored by Fast Company as a “World Changing Idea” in the Data & AI category and won a silver medal in the Best Strategy category for Sustainability, Environment, & Climate of the inaugural Anthem Awards.

These groundbreaking scientific efforts help to provide global and regional roadmaps that can support swift climate action from the top down and the bottom up, influencing climate policy and empowering the climate movement to make demands that are backed by science. Explore our portfolio of Science & Policy projects. Projects marked with the red “Active” label have identified an ongoing funding need in the 2022-2023 time frame.

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