On Monday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released part two of their sixth assessment report since the group’s founding in 1988. Written by the world’s leading climate researchers, the report assesses the impacts of climate change and the capacity, as well as limitations, of human society to adapt climate change.
Although the findings are grim, there is a silver lining for the New Harvest community: the report cites New Harvest supported research from the Tufts University Center for Cellular Agriculture (TUCCA) to support the inclusion of cellular agriculture as climate change adaptation strategy.
New Harvest-funded research conducted by Natalie Rubio at TUCCA is cited in Chapter 5 of the latest IPCC report (Ch. 5, Page 54).
Cultured meat and cellular agriculture are also mentioned by name as ways to limit pressures on finite natural resources (Ch. 5, Page 158).
The full 3,675 page report assesses the effects of climate change and potential adaptation strategies for government policymakers. For cellular agriculture—and a NH grantee directly—to be included in the report is HUGE. It shows that the world’s authority on climate change sees cultured meat as a credible climate intervention.
I recommend this Twitter thread for a breakdown of the rest of the report.