IPCC opens meeting to consider 1.5 degrees report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on Monday to consider its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC....

IPCC opens meeting to consider 1.5 degrees report
Opening Session of the 48th Session of the IPCC Photo with cortesy IPCC

IPCC opens meeting to consider 1.5 degrees report

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 1 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on Monday to consider its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC.

Representatives of the IPCC’s 195 members governments will work with scientists from the IPCC from 1 to 5 October to finalize the Summary for Policymakers of the report, whose full name is Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

 Governments invited the IPCC to prepare the report in 2015 when they adopted the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. The report, known as SR15, will be the main scientific input at the Talanoa Dialogue in the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December this year in Poland.

“Governments have asked the IPCC for an assessment of warming of 1.5 ºC, its impacts and related emissions pathways, to help them address climate change,” IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee said. “Together we will produce a strong, robust and clear Summary for Policymakers that responds to the invitation of governments three years ago while upholding the scientific integrity of the IPCC,” he told the meeting.

The Paris Agreement sets a long-term goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C.

Subject to approval, the IPCC will release the Summary for Policymakers of the report at a press conference on 8 October.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. It has 195 member states.

IPCC assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.

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