CAN Briefing: the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C SR1.5 at COP 24 and the Talanoa Dialogue, November 2018

 

CAN calls on Parties

  • to welcome the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C report in a COP decision;
  • to fully consider the SR1.5 in the political section of the Talanoa Dialogue;
  • to reflect the findings of the IPCC report in a COP decision committing Parties to review and enhance their NDCs by 2020, thereby initiating the ratchet mechanism of the Paris Agreement.

CAN emphasizes the findings of IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5°C:

  • Climate change is happening now. At the current ~1°C warming it is affecting people, ecosystems and livelihoods around the world.
  • Every half degree of warming matters – 1.5°C is safer than 2°C (or more) for people and nature.
  • We know what is needed to achieve 1.5°C:
    • Rapid and deep cuts of global greenhouse gas emissions in all economic sectors.
    • Carbon dioxide removal - some 1.5°C pathways with more stringent emissions cuts reduce the need for later removals. Forest and land use restoration are better than riskier, untested options.
  • Current country pledges (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are not sufficient – they take us to at least ~3°C.
  • Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is possible but would require unprecedented transitions in all aspects of society.
  • Limiting warming to 1.5°C can go hand-in-hand with achieving other world goals.
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