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COP25 may lead to adoption of 1.5: Dr. Morgan

November 11, 2019 7:24 am

The next major climate meeting, COP25 in Spain this year could see the IPCC’s Special Report on limiting global warming adopted.

Lead Author for Small States on the Special Report, Dr. Morgan Wairiu says the report provides evidence and science of what will happen if global temperatures continue to rise.

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Dr. Morgan maintains despite the report not been endorsed at COP24 in Poland last year, there is growing momentum to formalize the report’s recommendations.

 

“It was tabled at the COP24 Katowice last year and they were expecting a COP decision in terms of adoption and approval, unfornately it didn’t happen because some of the countries were really opposed to it and therefore the decision was for countries to consider the key messages coming out from that report and informing the framing and enhancement of their NDC’s, but it’s not legally binding on countries to consider the actual cap that was stipulated in the report.”

Capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius he says requires countries to make significant changes to their carbon emissions which the report outlines.

According to the report, in order to cap the global average temperate to 1.5 degree Celsius, there needs to be net zero emissions by 2050 or a 45 percent reduction in greenhouse gases to 2010 level by 2030.

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