The IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5°

12 Nov 2018 - 10:00

On October 8, the IPCC delivered its Special Report on global warming of 1.5C. This talk gives an overview of the main results of the report, the process of generating an IPCC report, and what’s next. The report concluded that we are already at 1C global temperature rise, that at the current rate, we would reach 1.5C around 2040, that there are clear benefits to limiting warming to 1.5C, and that we can still do it, but that it requires changes at an unprecedented scale. It also concluded that limiting warming to 1.5°C would go hand in hand with achieving other societal goals, including most of the Sustainable Development Goals.  



Heleen de Coninck is associate professor in innovation studies at the Environmental Science department at Radboud University’s Faculty of Science in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is currently visiting the Energy Research Centre at UCT. Before joining Radboud University in 2012, she worked for over ten years at the unit Policy Studies of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). Her main field of work is climate change mitigation and policy analysis, in particular at the international level. She is a coordinating lead author in the IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5C.