By Roz Pidcock
18 December 2015

(CarbonBrief) – With the ink only just dry on the agreement signed in Paris to curb global carbon emissions, scientists at this year’s American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco have been reacting to the landmark deal and digesting some of the finer details.

Here are a few scientists Carbon Brief found at the conference to share their thoughts on what the Paris agreement means and where the world goes from here.

Dr Friederike Otto, senior researcher on extreme weather attribution at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, speaks on the Paris Agreement on climate change and recognising the threat to developing countries, 18 December 2015. Photo: CarbonBrief

  • Dr Jason Box – Professor at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland on countries’ pledges and meeting the 2C target.
  • Prof Ram Ramanathan – Professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and member of the Holy See delegation at COP21 on a global achievement.
  • Dr Friederike Otto – Senior researcher on extreme weather attribution at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford on recognising the threat to developing countries.
  • Dr Dáithí Stone – Research scientist in the detection and attribution of extreme weather at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab on loss and damage.
  • Zeke Hausfather – Energy systems analyst and environmental economist at Berkeley Earth on the carbon budget for 1.5C, the ratchet mechanism and carbon capture.
  • Dr Ricarda Winkelmann – Junior professor of climate system analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impacts on tipping points in the Antarctic ice sheet.

AGU 2015: Scientists react to Paris agreement on climate change


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  2. Anonymous said...

    Hmmm. It's as if none of these scientists are aware that temperatures will exceed the 'agreed upon' limits - no matter what we do, try, deploy or shutdown.

    It's like they didn't even realize this fact - which comes from the same group of scientists sharing this information among themselves. Or once again, they're STILL not being allowed to truly speak up. Kevin Anderson made a good case of this latter point.

    Very odd. So I'll guess that this 'interview' wasn't entirely honest and forthright.  


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