Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change?

Fawcett, A.A., Iyer, G.C., Clerke, L.E., Edmonds, J.A., Hultman, N.E., Mcjeon, H.C., Rogelj, J. ORCID:, Schuler, R., et al. (2015). Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change? Science 350 (6265) 1168-1169. 10.1126/science.aad5761.

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Current international climate negotiations seek to catalyze global emissions reductions through a system of nationally determined country-level emissions reduction targets that would be regularly updated. These "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions" (INDC) would constitute the core of mitigation commitments under any agreement struck at the upcoming Paris Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With INDCs now reported from more than 150 countries and covering around 90% of global emissions, we can begin to assess the role of this round of INDCs in facilitating or frustrating achievement of longer-term climate goals. In this context, it is important to understand what these INDCs collectively deliver in terms of two objectives. First, how much do they reduce the probability of the highest levels of global mean surface temperature change? Second, how much do they improve the odds of achieving the international goal of limiting temperature change to under 2-degrees C relative to preindustrial levels? Although much discussion has focused on the latter objective, the former is equally important when viewing climate mitigation from a risk-management perspective.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Bibliographic Reference: Science; 350 (6265):1168-1169 [December 2015] (Published online 26 November 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:52
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:24

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