Global Carbon Budgets explained – New Briefing paper and podcast released

15 July 2019

Under the Paris Agreement, the world committed to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C”. As the first major economy, the UK announced earlier in June 2019, to net-zero emissions by 2050.

How much CO2 can the world emit before warming of 1.5 °C or 2 °C above pre-industrial levels is reached? To answer this question, scientists estimate global carbon budgets. The science behind developing such budgets and uncertainties is explained in our latest Climate Science Briefing Paper. The Society's Climate Science Communication Group is producing a series of Climate Science Briefing Papers with the aim to clearly and concisely explain important aspects of climate science.

Read the paper here.

Caroline Coch, Climate Science Communications Specialist at RMetS speaks to Prof Pierre Friedlingstein, Chair in Mathematical Modelling of the Climate System at the University of Exeter, about the paper. You can listen to the podcast here:

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