1.5°C conference in Oxford

Climate Analytics researchers are in Keble College in Oxford 20-22 September for the conference entitled “1.5 degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Agreement.” The two-day meeting of over 200 prominent climate science and policy researchers aims to identify the key areas the scientific community will need to concentrate on to fill the research gap on the nature, benefits and feasibility of a 1.5°C world.

Date2016, September 20
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This new research is also intended to feed into a special IPCC report on 1.5°C, requested by the United Nations after Paris and due for publication in 2018.

On 21 September, as part of the session focusing on the sensitivity of natural systems, Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner will present recent work on the differences in climate change impacts at 1.5°C and 2°C levels of warming in different regions around the globe.

At a parallel session on the human impacts of 1.5°C, Climate Analytics’ Science Director Dr Michiel Schaeffer will discuss how the 1.5°C temperature limit would avoid significant macroeconomic losses. He will present a country-level investigation of the macroeconomic consequences in the period 2015-2050 at 1.5°C, 2.0°C and 4.5°C levels of warming by 2100, based on our ongoing work on the macroeconomic impacts of climate change in Africa.

On 22 September, as part of a session concentrating on the mitigation pathways of the 1.5°C limit, our Head of Policy, Dr Marcia Rocha will talk about the implications of the 1.5°C limit for coal plans in the OECD, China and the European Union.

Our researchers will also contribute their ideas in the form of poster presentations. Policy Analyst Fabio Sferra will talk about how the UK can move towards optimal 1.5°C emission pathways.

Climate Finance Analyst Bianka Kretschmer will look at the ways the Green Climate Fund could help to trigger a global energy system transformation by steering bank portfolios towards 1.5°C compatible investment pathways.

The output from the conference will be published in a special edition of a journal later this year.

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