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UN Report: 1.5 Degree Limit to Improve Growth, Jobs and Safety

UN Report: 1.5 Degree Limit to Improve Growth, Jobs and Safety

Marrakech, 16 November - The Low Carbon Monitor, a new report launched by the United Nations Development Programme today, examines the benefits and opportunities of limiting warming to 1.5°C as enshrined in the goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
2016, November 16

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1.5°C - key facts

Since 2009 over a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Placing the 1.5°C limit alongside the legally binding goal to hold global temperatures “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” in the Paris Agreement was a major victory for vulnerable countries. This page is an information pool for material around the 1.5°C temperature limit.

Ratification Tracker

The Paris Agreement has a double threshold of 55 countries and 55% of global emissions that must both be met before it enters into force and becomes legally binding. It opened for signature on 22 April 2016. Climate Analytics tracks the progress of ratification on this page.


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We have some exciting positions for senior research associates, specialising in climate change strategies. The position locations are Lomé, Togo and Apia, Samoa at the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Join our team!


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2050 strategies towards 1.5°C with States, Regions and Cities

This COP22 side event, organised jointly with The Climate Group and C40 Cities, looks at what cities, states and regions need to do deliver on the 1.5°C temperature limit in the Paris Agreement.  

15 November 2016, 16:45 – 18:15
Marrakech, Morocco
UNFCCC Climate Conference COP22
Observer Room 6

We can limit global warming to 1.5°C if we do these things in the next ten years

The latest Climate Action Tracker report looked at major emitting sectors and at what can be done – and how fast – to come up with a list of the most important things to do in the next decade to bend the emissions curve downwards. Bill Hare and Niklas Höhne talk about some of these key steps and the progress to date.  
23 November 2016

Key steps in the next decade toward the 1.5°C warming limit

The latest Climate Action Tracker report spells out important, short-term steps over the next ten years that key sectors need to take to help the world achieve the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit. Here are some of the steps the big sectors can take – and some examples of what is already happening.  
21 November 2016

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Earth to America: Trump’s Not the Centre of the Universe (Or the Climate)

Earth to America: Trump’s Not the Centre of the Universe (Or the Climate)Desmog Canada

“The strongest moral leadership in this process has always come from the vulnerable countries,” he said. “And not just in providing that leadership but in actually committing to do more.” Bill Hare, climate scientist and director of Berlin-based Climate Analytics, said Trump’s surprise victory did dampen the mood in Marrakech — for a day. “People bounced back quickly, thinking ‘well, okay, we can also do tough.’ “

2016, November 17

Kerry: Obama's climate change targets won't be reversed

Kerry: Obama's climate change targets won't be reversedAssociated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a stirring appeal Wednesday to all countries — including his own — to press ahead with the fight against climate change, saying a failure to do so would be a "betrayal of devastating consequences." Bill Hare, director of the Climate Analytics said if Trump dismantles Obama policies such as the Climate Action Plan and Clean Power Plan, then U.S. emissions would stay at current levels instead of decrease.

2016, November 16


This United Nations Development Programme report, commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, focuses on the benefits and opportunities of limiting warming to 1.5°C, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement, in terms of economic growth, employment, avoided climate impacts, energy security, access and imports and health.