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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
Wednesday 5 April 2017
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

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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