2 °C and SDGs: united they stand, divided they fall?

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and the new international climate treaty could put 2015 into the history books as a defining year for setting human development on a more sustainable pathway. The global climate policy and SDG agendas are highly interconnected: the way that the climate problem is addressed strongly affects the prospects of meeting numerous other SDGs and vice versa. Drawing on existing scenario results from a recent energy-economy-climate model inter-comparison project, this letter analyses these synergies and (risk)trade-offs of alternative 2 °C pathways across indicators relevant for energy-related SDGs and sustainable energy objectives. 

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