Leaked final government draft of UN 1.5C climate report – annotated

Published on 27/06/2018, 11:05am

A draft summary of the most important climate science report of 2018, published here annotated with changes from the previous version

By Karl Mathiesen, Megan Darby and Soila Apparicio

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What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C?

The 2015 Paris climate deal outlined two distinct goals:

Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

At the Paris conference, governments also charged the UN’s climate science panel, the IPCC, with producing a report that assessed the difference between these two goals would be, in terms of impacts on human life, the economy and the global environment. That report is due to be published in October.

Our story: Warming of 2C ‘substantially’ more harmful than 1.5C – draft UN report

What is this document?

This is the second draft of the summary for policymakers of the special report on 1.5C.

It has been compiled by climate scientists from around the world. A draft, which was published by Climate Home News in February, was circulated to the scientific community for review earlier this year.

The latest version, dated 4 June, has been sent to governments for comments on the ‘summary for policymakers’ (see below). The review runs until 29 July.

What is a ‘summary for policymakers’?

The full report, known as the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C, will run to hundreds of pages of scientific data and findings. This is shortened set of conclusions and findings drawn from the larger report designed to provide information in a useable way for decision makers. Throughout the text you’ll see references to chapters in the larger report in curved brackets: eg. {2.3,2.5.3}.

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Is this the final version?

No. This is a draft document and subject to change. The findings and recommendations should be read in that context.

After the document has been reviewed by governments, the entire report will go before the IPCC plenary to be approved (or not) by the member states. That final version is due to be released in October.

What are the comments on this document?

While this document is not a finalised or agreement version, it does represent an important progression on earlier drafts. We have summarised some of the changes here. CHN journalists have scoured the two drafts and applied comments where we note significant changes have been made since January.

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