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The Climate Game - Can you reach net zero by 2050?

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 04 May 2022

The Financial Times and Infosys

See if you can save the planet from the worst effects of climate change

The Climate Game places the reader/player at the heart of crucial decision-making in a data-driven simulation that explores the pathways to alter our shared future on the planet.

Your goal

You need to keep global warming to 1.5C by cutting energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050. In 2021, they reached a record 36bn tonnes a year. You must also deal with other greenhouse gases, and protect people and nature, for the planet to remain habitable.

This game is based on published scientific research and bespoke modelling by the International Energy Agency for the FT. 

Good luck. The planet is counting on you.

How the game was created 

This game was created by the Financial Times. It is based on real science and reporting — however, it is a game, not a perfect simulation of the future.

The emissions modelling was developed in 2022 by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The scenarios used in the IEA’s “Net Zero by 2050” report were recalculated to track the temperature outcomes for specific pathways used in the game.

These climate outcomes were calculated using the IEA’s World Energy Model (WEM) and Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) model coupled with the MAGICC v7+ climate model. MAGICC stands for Model for the Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Induced Climate Change and is used by scientists and integrated assessment models


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