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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Photo Caption: Many of the Maldives islands are at risk from rising sea levels; Photo Credit: Nattu/Flickr; Photo License: CC BY-SA 2.0

New Report on 1.5°C: “A change of course: How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world

By Susanne Götze, Verena Kern, Sandra Kirchner, Eva Mahnke, Susanne Schwarz

A new report on 1.5 degrees has been issued by Boell, Misereor and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). “A change of course: How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world” was released on 28 October 2016. The report critiques mainstream climate politics solutions including offsetting, negative emissions/BECCS and geoengineering. It focuses on highlighting the real solutions requiring focus when aiming for 1.5°C such as a radical transformation of all sectors of the economy, an immediate coal phase out, ecosystem restoration and agroecology. “A change of course: How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world” presents alternatives of how we can stay within the 1.5 degree limit and achieve climate justice and sustainable development.

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1.5 to stay alive: UN’s warming goal feels the heat

By Saleemul Huq @SaleemulHuq

One of the most hotly contested and far reaching outcomes of the Paris Agreement agreed last December was the inclusion of the long term warming limit of 1.5C above pre industrial levels….

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European Electric Vehicle Rally in Geneva “Stamps” 1.5 Degrees at UN Gates

• Cars form giant ‘1.5’ to support the goal of the 2015 United Nations Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees
• Emissions avoided by each rally car highlights need for market incentives to price carbon and promote more low-emissions electric mobility
Geneva – 17 June, 2016: Europe’s largest electric vehicle rally, bringing 75 teams from 13 nations, entered its finishing phase at Geneva today on the Place des Nations, part of a 1,300km traverse from Bremerhaven, Germany with a simple objective: zero emissions for 1.5 degrees.

2016 WAVE Rally on the Place des Nations in front of the UN European headquarters, Geneva; image: UN/Pierre Virot (June 2016) CC