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Lecture | Studium Generale

The Paris Agreement’s Two-Degree Limit on Global Warming

  • Speaker: Dr Roderik van de Wal, climatologist, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University
  • Discussant: Dr Bríd Walsh, Assistant Professor, Leiden University College; worked in industry and academia and across several fields including law, climate science and geography
Date
Wednesday 5 April 2017
Time
Location
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room
Auditorium

In this presentation Roderik van de Wal will explain the scientific background of the two-degree limit on global warming that was agreed upon in Paris in 2015. He will discuss why it may be a good idea to embrace a more ambitious 1.5-degree goal as well as the possible consequences of a three-degree rise in global temperature. By doing so, he will show that these small differences matter. In particular he will address the melt of ice sheets and the associated sea-level rise in the past, present and future.

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