Why would happen after an increase of 2ºC in global temperature?

Compiled by Mónica Naranjo González

In the past COP21 they talked about how we needed to make the greatest efforts to keep the planet’s temperature from rising beyond 2 ° C. They even emphasized that it would be ideal to achieve a maximum of 1.5 ° C.

1.5ºC does not seem like much. What implications would there be if we reach 2ºC? Or even 4 ° C? Here we discuss some of the possible effects that scientific projections announced, according to the course Turn Down the Heat, from the World Bank.

Let’s begin with two things

The first thing to understand is that many of the impacts that we’re experiencing today are a result of a warming of less than one degree Celsius. Everything we perceive at this time will only intensify as we approach an increase of 2 ° C. Do you remember the storms in the Pacific in 2015? 2 ° C would be no party.

La temporada de huracanes en el Pacífico del 2015 fue excepcionalmente intensa. "Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena 2015-08-30 0930Z" by NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen.

2015’s hurricane season in the Pacific was exceptionally intense. “Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena 2015-08-30 0930Z” by NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen.

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Entering 2016

In the previous three articles of this blog, Miguel Naranjo, a Costa Rican who as part of the UNFCCC helped facilitate the COP21 agreements last in Paris, told us about his experience and impressions.

This is the end of our conversation. Do we have a different world in this 2016 that has just started?

Are the agreements reached at COP binding? How will supervise each nation do your part?

The agreements are binding. The agreement establishes a mechanism to regularly review each country’s actions and plans in order to assess whether there is compliance and whether it is enough. Details are yet to be defined, but the decision to establish such a mechanism is taken. It was also agreed to establish a mechanism to verify that the developed countries provide the necessary support to developing countries (financing, technology transfer, training). Continue reading

It’s not nothing

This article is a continuation of previous posts.

Sometimes we can not believe in agreements that are based more on the word and on convictions that on punitive actions. But Michael Naranjo, a Costa Rican who worked hard during COP21 facilitating agreements in Paris, gives us his personal opinion.

He believes that this new year, following the agreements reached last December, we are much closer of being able to maintain the  temperature of our planet within safe limits for the human race.

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Hope for those who see the glass half full

This is the second part of this article.

Miguel Naranjo is a Costa Rican who, as part of the UNFCCC had to collaborate so that more than 195 countries and the European Union reached an agreement during the last COP21 in Paris.

The main focus of Miguel’s activities during COP21 was that the coordination of activities did not fail, mainly between the main three actors: the office of the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, the French presidency of the COP21 and relevant groups of the secretariat UNFCCC.

Miguel tells us about his experience and impressions on this post.

Preparativos intensos

Intense preparations

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