Professor Holland lauds IPCC decision to produce special report.
Professor for Climate Change at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD), Professor Elisabeth Holland has lauded a decision by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to produce a special report in 2018, on the impacts of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.
Professor Holland was the Solomon Islands delegate to the IPCC, which at its Nairobi meeting,accepted the invitation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to produce a special report in 2018.
IPCC has accepted the invitation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to produce this special report at its 43rd session in 2018.
Pacific leaders called for the IPCC to produce the special report on 1.5 °C at a recent ministerial meeting convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa.
Professor Elisabeth Holland said the voices of the Pacific Leadership have been heard.
“The IPCC special report on 1.5 degrees C will provide the science evidence to understand how close we are to truly dangerous anthropogenic climate change,” she noted.
Professor Holland further noted that the special report recognises how important our Pacific oceans are to the health of the entire planet.
IPCC is an intergovernmental body founded by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), tasked with providing expert scientific advice on climate change to ensure that actions and policies to address its growing challenge are supported by the best available science.
At its Nairobi meeting, IPCC has decided the strategy and timeline for its next series of reports, the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and the special reports that will be prepared in the next few years. Expert scoping of the Special Report on 1.5 degrees will begin in the coming months with a full scoping meeting in August.
The panel also agreed to prepare two other special reports: ‘Climate Change and Oceans and the Cryosphere’; and ‘Climate Change, desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems’. All three special reports will be produced as early as possible in the AR6 cycle.
The highest levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured in the last 66 million years, were recorded two weeks ago at the Maua Loa Observatory in Hawaii.
Scientific research published last month reports accelerating climate change impacts with increasingly adverse large-scale risks projected for the future, including the potential for collapse of substantial part of the Antarctic ice sheet, leading to multi-meter sea level rise.
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