The IPCC has released the 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. This report is in response to a request by the 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. We would like to highlight that Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld of SFU’s Faculty Of Environment is a contributing author of the report.

This report has been identified across the globe as crucial in motivating action to reduce emissions and prepare for the undoubtable challenges and impacts we will face due to climate change. ACT continues to be motivated by reports such as these and we look forward to turning the findings into opportunities for sustainable adaptation. ACT’s recent funding approval by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia will help move forward our low carbon resilience projects in communities across British Columbia that reflect recommendations in the IPCC report such as;

D3.3. A mix of adaptation and mitigation options to limit global warming to 1.5°C, implemented in a participatory and integrated manner, can enable rapid, systemic transitions in urban and rural areas (high confidence). These are most effective when aligned with economic and sustainable development, and when local and regional governments and decision makers are supported by national governments (medium confidence) {4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.4.1, 4.4.2}

D3.4. Adaptation options that also mitigate emissions can provide synergies and cost savings in most sectors and system transition, such as when land management reduces emissions and disaster risk, or when low carbon buildings are also designed for efficient cooling.

To read the Summary for Policymakers see here.