Impacts and risks of 1.5 and 2 degrees of warming

Kristie Ebi, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment
February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Room 1300, SFU Segal Building
500 Granville St
Vancouver V6C 1W6 , BC


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The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Climate Futures Initiative and SFU’s Faculty of Environment are pleased to invite you to the last talk of the Climate Futures Series: The SCIENCE, IMPACTS and SOLUTIONS to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

This talk will focus on the approach used by the scientific community to assess literature relevant to the question of what is dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system: the IPCC's so-called “reasons for concern”, including what they are, how they evolved, and what the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees says, particularly for the selected human and natural systems.  The presentation will also explore the benefits of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees compared with 2 degrees. 

Register here.

Presenter: Kristie Ebi, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington, USA

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Respondent: Stewart J. Cohen, Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Moderator: Tim Takaro, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University



Speaker Bios

Dr. Kristie Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments, including the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

Dr. Stewart J. Cohen is Senior Researcher with the Climate Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada. He has contributed to more than 125 publications on climate change impacts and adaptation, including a textbook, “Climate Change in the 21st Century”, published by McGill-Queens University Press. Dr. Cohen has been a member of author teams for national assessments of climate change in Canada and the United States, as well as several publications of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).