Earlier today in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its long-awaited special report on 1.5C.
In-depth Q&A: The IPCC’s special report on climate change at 1.5C Photo by IISD/ENB | Sean Wu
The IPCC is a body of scientists and economists – first convened by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 – which periodically produces summaries of the “scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation”.
The reports are produced, in the first instance, to inform the world’s policymakers.
In this detailed Q&A, Carbon Brief explains why the IPCC was asked to produce a report focused on 1.5C of global warming, what the report says and what the reaction has been…
- Why did the IPCC produce this special report?
- How far away is 1.5C of warming?
- How do the impacts of climate change compare between 1.5C and 2C?
- How quickly do emissions need to fall to meet the 1.5C limit?
- What would it take to limit warming to 1.5C?
- What does the report say about the remaining carbon budget for 1.5C?
- What role will ‘negative emissions’ play in limiting warming to 1.5C?
- Could ‘solar geoengineering’ play a role in meeting 1.5C?
- What are the costs and benefits of meeting the 1.5C limit?
- Will the world be able to adapt to 1.5C and beyond?
- What are the links between 1.5C and poverty?
- What has the reaction been?
- What’s next?