It’s the most important climate science report of the year and the first draft contains a stern warning: missing the Paris deal’s 1.5C target means accepting suffering in communities around the world.
Under the Paris Agreement, governments worldwide agreed to hold global warming “well below 2C” and to aim for 1.5C.
That’s not to mention the ecosystems already collapsing under the strain of extra warmth. The 2C ‘safe’ limit, is no safety at all.
Read ’11 takeaways from the draft UN report on a 1.5C global warming limit’, an article written by Megan Darby, published by Climate Home on February 13th 2018.
This draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on 1.5C will be subject to significant change as it is finalised in the coming months.
But should the core conclusions hold, keeping the temperature below the 1.5C bound will require a depth of global collaboration history indicates humanity may be incapable of. The report should be a challenge to disprove that judgement.