IPCC to Release Special Report on Feasibility of 1.5C Climate Target

The Paris climate conference (COP21) maps out a global action strategy to tackle dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Before and during the Paris conference, countries submitted comprehensive national climate action plans (INDCs). But these are not sufficient in achieving the 1.5C Climate Target to keep global warming at bay.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva is to prepare a special report to assess the feasibility of the UNFCCC’s international goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. The report will set out the specific benefits of the 1.5C target, put in place by the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, as well as the practical actions needed to achieve it.
Dr Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) discussed what the report should cover: “One notion that runs through all this, is feasibility- How feasible is it to limit warming to 1.5C? How feasible is it to develop the technologies that will get us there? … We must analyze policy measures in terms of feasibility.”
IPPC which publishes its main assessment reports every five years, as well as shorter special reports on topics such as weather and renewable energy, is expected to deliver the 1.5C report in September 2018, in time for the UNFCCC’s “facilitative dialogue” scheduled for the same year.
Scientists who wish to have their research taken into account in the 1.5C report will have to submit it to a peer-reviewed journal by October 2017 and have it accepted for publication by April 2018.
Furthermore, stakeholders will discuss the challenges of meeting the 1.5C target at an international conference at Oxford University in September, 2016. Consequently, the Geneva meeting will conclude on a proposed plan for the report, which will be submitted to the IPCC panel during its next meeting in October in Bangkok.

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