A report released this week calls for ‘far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

The special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which cites 6,000 scientific references, will support the decision-making process at the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP) in Poland this December. This is when governments will review the Paris Agreement: the 2015 deal signed by 195 nations to tackle climate change by “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre- industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”


“Limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared with 2°C would reduce challenging impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being, making it easier to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” said Priyardarshi Shukla, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.


The report, produced by ’91 authors and review editors from 40 countries’, was a ‘response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015’. All eyes are now on the Climate Change Conference in Poland.

There are lots of steps people and businesses can take, like backing the Climate Neutral Now pledge, to help fight climate change. Read the latest edition of Impact Innovators – produced in collaboration with Knowledge4Innovation – for insight from the likes of Ken Berlin, from the Climate Reality Project; and Marc Buckley, UN Global Goals advocate and Global Food Reformist.