Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC

Cover of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15)[a] was published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 8 October 2018.[1] The report, approved in Incheon, South Korea, includes over 6,000 scientific references, and was prepared by 91 authors from 40 countries.[2] In December 2015, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference called for the report.[2] The report was delivered at the United Nations' 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to "deliver the authoritative, scientific guide for governments" to deal with climate change.[3] Its broad findings are reported as being that drastic action must be taken in limited time to avoid severe and worsening consequences.[4]

Overview

The long title of the report is "Global Warming of 1.5 °C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty".[1][5] According to an article by Phil McKenna at InsideClimate News, SR15 provides a summary of existing research on the impact that a warming of 1.5 °C (equivalent to 2.7 °F) would have on the planet and the necessary steps to limit global warming.[6]