Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Video: Laurence Tubiana on the 1.5C Questions Scientists Need to Answer

Laurence Tubiana (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
On the eve of the 1.5 Degrees scientific conference taking place at the University of Oxford this week, Carbon Brief spoke to Laurence Tubiana, the French climate change ambassador who played a pivotal diplomatic role in securing the Paris Agreement last December.

Carbon Brief asked Tubiana what questions policymakers need scientists to answer as they prepare to provide the evidence base for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on 1.5C, which is due to be published in 2018.  The Paris Agreement surprised many observers, not least the scientific community, by committing the world’s nations to limit the rise in global temperatures, compared to pre-industrial times, to “well below” 2C and “pursue” 1.5C.

In the video interview Tubiana says:

“Is [1.5C] just an aspiration, or are there any pathways?  We need numbers, scenarios and pathways…We are very late, but it is achievable.  This message needs to be conveyed in a more positive way…The [IPCC special report] should say how difficult the task is, yes, but it should also say how to address it and how much time we have left to do it.  We should depoliticise this.”

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