Climate Change: Too late for 2°C?

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What can we expect from the future, globally and locally, in the short term and in the long term? What are the new understandings on climate science from frontier research?
Prof. T. Stocker (University of Bern, Switzerland and IPCC WGI co-chair) will open the second SISC annual conference with a lecture entitled “Climate Change: Too late for 2°C?” while illustrating latest findings and perspectives on climate research.

Anthropogenic climate change is “one of the greatest challenges of our time” as affirmed by the governments of the world. The latest comprehensive assessment “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documents a rapidly and profoundly changing Earth System and provides the latest understanding of changes ahead of us.
The most important findings, approved by the governments are: (i) Warming of the climate system is unequivocal; (ii) Human influence on the climate system is clear; and (iii) Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
These scientific findings, in combination with the declared ambition to limit global mean warming to 2°C, create an urgency for decisions and actions.

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