1.5°C temperature limit - key facts
Since 2009 Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This page is an information pool for material around the 1.5°C temperature goal.
For most vulnerable, 1.5°C warming limit is critical: above it, climate impacts rise rapidly
A new study analyses the differences in impacts the world would face at 1.5°C and 2°C in a comprehensive and comparable way for the first time. It finds that the increases in impacts between 1.5°C and 2°C are large, significant and pronounced for regions with limited adaptive capacity and high exposure.
Global warming reaches 1°C above preindustrial, warmest in more than 11,000 years
Global mean warming reached 1°C above preindustrial for the first time. It is a signal from the climate system that time is running out if we are to be able to reduce emissions fast enough so as to hold warming below 2°C, and ultimately below 1.5°C by 2100.
Farming in Africa is like farming on Mars
Recently UN experts warned of climate change induced risks to food security. More frequent and intense weather extremes as well as a general rise of mean temperature and sea level will cause this risk to grow. Food security and climate change were high on the agenda at the Tropentag conference, bringing together over 1000 experts to seek solutions to the biggest challenges in tropical and sub-tropical agriculture.
Timeline of climate related meetings and processes ahead of COP21 in Paris
There is an intense schedule of climate change related meetings - on international and regional level - ahead of the climate change summit COP21 in Paris in December. This regularly updated timeline contains information about the significance of the meetings and links to relevant websites and documents.
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