Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scientists:  How the New Focus on 1.5C Is Reshaping Climate Research

Infographic: How do the impacts of 1.5C of warming compare to 2C of warming? (Credit: Rosamund Pearce for Carbon Brief) Click to Enlarge.
Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C has long been the goal of developing countries and those most at risk from climate change.  Since becoming enshrined in the Paris Agreement last December, the 1.5C goal has come under increased scrutiny and examination.

How do climate impacts at 1.5C and 2C compare?  How fast would the global economy need to decarbonise?  Is the amount of “negative emissions” required for either limit feasible?  Expectation is heavy that a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due in 2018 at the behest of the United Nations, will answer all these questions.

So is the scientific community rising to the challenge or feeling the pressure?

Ahead of a major conference in Oxford this week, Carbon Brief has been talking to climate scientists, economists and public health experts about how the spotlight on 1.5C has changed the way they work.

Read more at Scientists:  How the New Focus on 1.5C Is Reshaping Climate Research

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