Limiting Global Warming to 1.5 degrees: What Does it Take & is it Worth it?

October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Room 1900, SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings
Vancouver , BC


Under the Paris Agreement 195 nations set a goal to limit an increase in the world's average temperature to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. They invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to assess the impacts of greenhouse gas emission pathways consistent with a global warming of 1.5 degrees. The report was released in early October.

Kirsten Zickfeld, a lead author of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees, will share the key findings and describe the current warming relative to 1.5 degrees, the actions needed to achieve the 1.5 degree limit, and the benefits of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees compared to higher limits.


Presenter: Kirsten Zickfeld, Professor of Geography, SFU

Respondent: Simon Donner, Professor of Geography, UBC

Moderator: Tim Takaro, Associate Dean, Research and Professor, Health Sciences, SFU

This event is hosted by PICS, SFU's Climate Futures Initiative and Faculty of Environment.