Background Info

Briefing : the facts and figures behind the seven requests in our petition

Discussion Paper : the systemic context and scientific basis which underpins our initiative and our petition

Slide Show : accompanying the Discussion Paper


Some key studies and sources:

  • IPCC (2018). 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. http://ipcc.ch/report/sr15/
  • IPCC (2019), Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, https://www.ipcc.ch/srccl/
  • Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the Secretary-General, Global Sustainable Development Report 2019: The Future is Now – Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, (United Nations, New York, 2019), https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/gsdr2019
  • Timothy M. Lenton, Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Stefan Rahmstorf, Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (2019), Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against, Nature Comment, 27 November 2019, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0
  • Ruth DeFries, Ottmar Edenhofer, Alex Halliday, Geoffrey Heal, Timothy Lenton, Michael Puma, James Rising, Johan Rockström, Alex C. Ruane, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, David Stainforth, Nicholas Stern, Marco Tedesco, Bob Ward (2019), The missing economic risks in assessments of climate change impacts, Policy Insight, September 2019, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment LSE, Earth Institute Columbia University, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/publication/the-missing-economic-risks-in-assessments-of-climate-change-impacts/
  • European Environmental Agency (2019), The European environment — state and outlook 2020, Knowledge for transition to a sustainable Europe (SOER 2020), https://www.eea.europa.eu/soer-2020
  • Pihl, E., Martin, M.A., Blome, T., Hebden, S., Jarzebski, M.P., Lambino, R.A., Köhler, C., Canadell, J.G., Ebi, K.L., Edenhofer, O., Gaffney, O., Rockström, J., Roy, J., Srivastava, L., Payne, D.R., Adler, C., Watts, S., Jacobsson, L., Sonntag, S. (2019),  10 New Insights in Climate Science 2019, Future Earth & The Earth League, Stockholm, 2019, https://futureearth.org/2019/12/06/10-new-insights-in-climate-science-2019/

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