Global Target of 2°C Temperature Rise ‘Inadequate’, IPCC Member Says

March 28, 2015 12:40 PM

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A member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has mentioned in a Climate Change Responses editorial that the official global target of a 2°C temperature rise is “utterly inadequate” for saving those who are at maximum risk from climate change. There was a two-day discussion at the Lima Conference of the Parties (COP) regarding the likely consequences of accepting an average global warming target of 2°C. The discussions were part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ‘structured expert dialogue’ in December 2014.

The target was called as scientifically meaningless and politically unachievable by US climate analysts David Victor and Charles Kennel, back in October. Now, Petra Tschakert of Penn State University in University Park, who has been involved in a UN review of the target, has denounced the target as ...

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