IPCC 1.5 Degree Report: A Climate Change Teachable Moment

November 15, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Join the Wash U Climate Change Program for a panel discussion about the IPCC 1.5°C report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 to “provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.” The IPCC provides the scientific basis for international climate change agreements like the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global temperature rise well-below 2°C.

Last month, the IPCC released a report on the impacts of 1.5°C temperature rise upon request of the United Nations. The report’s release spurred domestic and international media attention; the media has released tens of thousands of articles. The articles’ titles vary from “A very grim forecast” and “Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed” to “Reasons to be hopeful on 1.5C temperature target.” Are we doomed, or should we remain hopeful? How can corporations and individuals contribute to climate solutions?

Faculty members in the areas of environmental science, public policy, and law will discuss how climate change impacts their work and answer questions about the report and what it means. There will be free pizza provided! We hope to see you there!