6 November, 2015

Five year commitments for the Paris Agreement: a fundamental issue for below 2°C and 1.5°C


Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer, Carl Schleussner

The length of Parties’ successive mitigation commitments under the anticipated Paris Agreement is emerging as a fundamental issue. This is because it can greatly impact the ability of the new agreement to achieve the goal of holding the global average temperature increase below a 2°C increase above pre-industrial levels, and returning below a 1.5°C increase above pre-industrial levels by 2100.