Where half a degree matters: Seminars in the South Pacific Region

Climate Analytics’ Tabea Lissner is at a series of events in Brisbane, Suva and Melbourne, sharing the results of our recently published study on what regional differences there would be between a global warming of 2°C and 1.5°C.

Date2016, July 20
St. Lucia Campus, University of Queensland ©flickr, Michael Zimmer

The ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.

In this context, the Paris Agreement sets a long-term temperature goal of holding the global average temperature increase to well below 2 °C, and pursuing efforts to limit this to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. While discussions around these temperature limits have been on-going for years, assessments of the implications of such levels of global temperature increase is still limited.

In this talk, Tabea Lissner presents results of a recent study lead by Climate Analytics on regionally differentiated analysis on impact shifts between these levels of warming for a range of impact indicators.

The study shows a discernible difference between the two warming levels on the regional level and results indicate that tropical regions will bear the brunt of impacts.

Seminars are held at