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1.5°C Global Warming: Insider Insights into the Recently Released Report by the IPCC

Friday, October 12, 2018, 1:00 pm

You are cordially invited to a public lecture by
the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy on:

1.5°C global warming:
insider insights into the recently released report by the IPCCby Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU
Vice Chair, Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Introduction: Dr. László Pintér, Professor and Head of Department, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development

When the 181 countries ratified the Paris Agreement, they legally committed to “…pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius”. However, at the time this commitment was born there was very limited scientific literature on this temperature target. Therefore the parties to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change requested the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to complete a report assessing the scientific background behind the target. On Monday October 8, the report was released provoking major global media attention.

Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz was part of this report as a review editor of one of its chapters, as well as a Vice Chair in the IPCC Working Group on Mitigation. She participated in the approval plenary and led some of the negotiations on controversial issues. The talk will focus on both what is in the report as well as what is not in the report –the politics behind it. The key messages of the report will be covered as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the IPCC process – an innovation on the science-policy interface that has become an institutional model and replicated in many other fields and countries

The recorded lecture is available here.