CarbonBrief: Warming limit of 1.5C would ‘save’ huge expanses of permafrost, study says


CarbonBrief article highlights that the increase to 2C rather than stabilizing at 1.5C has severe impacts on the melting of permafrost.

The cost of allowing global temperature to rise to 2C, rather than capping warming at 1.5C, is an area of permafrost the size of Mexico, according to new research.


The article features a study that links the commitments in the Paris Agreement to permafrost melting.

The study, carried out by a team of scientists from Sweden, Norway and the UK, is the first to work out what the ambitious targets contained in the Paris Agreement mean for permafrost loss. While warming of 2C would ultimately see permafrost-covered land shrink by more than 40%, stabilising at 1.5C would “save” approximately 2m square km, says the new study. The paper, published in Nature Climate Change, warns that thawing permafrost unlocks large amounts of CO2 and methane, which could potentially be released to the atmosphere.

Link to full article here

Climate Analytics Report: EU Needs to Shut all Coal Plants by 2030

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 10.37.24 AMIn a new report, A Stress Rest for Coal in Europe under the Paris Agreement, Climate Analytics says:

The EU will need to phase out CO2 emissions from all of its coal plants in the next 15 years if it is to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goals

The report provides a science-based analysis of when – and where – each of the EU’s more than 300 coal power plants would need to be phased out.

View the interactive map here.

Climate Analytics found that for the EU to remain within the temperature limit of ‘well below 2˚C,’ coal plants must not emit more than 6.5Gt by 2050. If coal plants continue to operate as usual the EU will surpass limits necessary for the Paris Agreement by 85%.


At COP22: Civil Society and Youth Groups Call for Urgent Climate Action on 1.5°C and 100% Renewable Energies

Marrakesh, Morocco. Major civil society groups demand that governments follow-up the Paris Agreement with increased urgent action to prevent average global warming from rising 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by transitioning to 100% renewable energy. COP22 must reinforce this Paris Agreement goal and the need for enhanced action as a matter of survival for vulnerable countries. In a photo action today at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, the groups showcased global mobilization actions that happened since Paris related to 1.5°C which all governments signed-up to.

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator of CARE International: “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is a matter of equity and essential to contain harmful climate impacts and allow countries and communities to thrive in resilience. When celebrating the Paris Agreement at COP22, government leaders must commit to take more action and ramp up finance for poorer countries.”

Nana Firman, Co-coordinator of the Global Muslim Climate Network (GMCN): “Muslim countries and communities must take climate action at the local and global level to implement their faith teaching by transitioning from fossil-fuel based to clean energy based development. It is crucial to build strong coordination and collaboration between Muslim nations, and to accelerate the increase of renewable into their national energy-mix in order to ensure justice in achieving the 1.5°C temperature limit.”

Bryant Zebedy, youth delegate for Marshal Islands and representative of the Climate Vulnerbale Forum (CVF): “2 degrees of global warming would bring an end to my nation, take away my identity, and leave our future generations hopeless. 1.5 degrees is a must, for it can redeem those who are on the frontlines of extinctions.”

Wael Hmaidan, Executive Director for Climate Action Network (CAN): “In light of the current political climate hovering over the climate talks, I think it is now more urgent than ever to move forward with our common 100% renewable energy agenda. Civil society, cities, businesses, and governments, are adopting renewable energy and we call on all others to join.”

Karuna Rana, Coordinator of Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN): “Youth have championed the 1.5C target from the beginning, knowing that early urgent climate action to stay under 1.5C of warming is the only chance for a safer, equitable, more positive future for our generation. This action demonstrates the strong civic call to our leaders to strive for 1.5C, or fail in the eyes of the world’s youth.”

Ntiokam Divine, Founder of Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN): “To fulfill the commitments of the Paris agreement, in reducing emissions below 1.5 degrees and adapting to climate impacts, it is essential that we take into account the national plans towards addressing climate-smart agriculture. As of yet, only 63 parties have recognised this vitally important aspect in their actions.”

See the photos from the global action events HERE

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Camilla Schramek, Communication Officer or +45 50 22 92 88

10 Steps: The Ten Most Important Short-Term Steps to Limit Warming to 1.5°C

New insights from the Climate Action Tracker on ten vital short-term steps that must be taken to limit temperature from increasing above 1.5°C. The ten steps include:

  1. screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-11-47-41-amELECTRICITY: Sustain the growth rate of renewables and other zero and low carbon power until 2025 to reach 100% by 2050
  2. COAL POWER: No new coal plants, reduce emissions from coal power by at least 30% by 2025
  3. ROAD TRANSPORT: Last fossil fuel car sold before 2035
  4. AVIATION AND SHIPPING: Develop and agree on a 1.5°C compatible vision
  5. NEW BUILDINGS: All new buildings fossil-free and near zero energy by 2020
  6. BUILDING RENOVATION: Increase rates from <1% in 2015 to 5% by 2020
  7. INDUSTRY: All new installations in emissions-intensive sectors are low-carbon after 2020, maximise material efficiency
  8. LULUCF: Reduce emissions from forestry and other land use to 95% below 2010 levels by 2030, stop net deforestation by the 2020s
  9. COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE: Keep emissions at or below current levels, establish and disseminate regional best practice, ramp up research
  10. CO2 REMOVAL: Begin research and planning for negative emissions


World’s Largest Greeting Card Mosaic for 1.5°C

By #1o5C

The World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) with the #1o5C campaign of the Climate Vulnerable Forum supported by UNDP and with Forumla E organised the world’s largest greeting card mosaic at the Formula E race track in Marrakech 11 November 2016. More than 50,000 school children from 24 countries countries made the greetings cards to pledge their commitment to reduce their CO2 emissions and for a WAVE of change – to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The greeting cards formed the hashtag – #1o5C – of the campaign to draw attention to the importance of the goal.


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Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5°C Target

By Camilla Schramek @CAREClimate

As the world addresses urgent climate change issues this week at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco, the identification and implementation of solutions is progressing.

 Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5°C Target,” a new report released by the Stanley Foundation in Marrakech, identifies strategies that can help global emissions decline by 2020 in order to reach the 1.5° C goal. Drawn from a roundtable at the Stanley Foundation’s 57th annual Strategy for Peace Conference in late October, it also outlines the transformative changes needed to enable COemissions to fall to zero by 2050.

The report underscores that climate action can be taken by those at national and local levels, as well as by cities, regions, businesses, and investors. It also examines where the policy landscape is headed over the next few years, with a particular focus on key milestones in 2018. 


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Olympic Athletes Support #1o5C Campaign at Rio 2016

By 1o5C Author

During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, more than 100 athletes came together to tell the world that while they are striving to break sports records, 1.5°C is the record that we must not break. Keeping global warming below 1.5°C is the only safe global temperature goal that we can still achieve.

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Why the 1.5C climate limit matters in the Maldives

By Thoriq Ibrahim @Thoriqibrahim

For all the progress made in the Paris Agreement, there was always a risk that the treaty would be seen as an end point in the international effort to tackle climate change and not the beginning of a generational challenge.

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