Published by earthlife at November 23, 2011
This briefing will discuss South Africa’s recently released National Climate Change Response White Paper, which lays out the country’s mitigation targets and mechanisms going forward. The briefing will outline the extent to which the targets are not aligned with scientific research conducted globally that has examined how to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees C. The White Paper targets are shown to be far too high to keep a global temperature increase to 2 degrees, let alone the 1.5 degrees target that many nations have called for. Not only will cumulative emissions to 2050 be too high for South Africa to contribute fairly to climate change mitigation, but the peak, plateau and decline trajectory laid out in the White Paper will make meeting lower targets – such as 1.5 degrees – even more challenging.
Download the entire SE Briefing: SE Briefing 23 Final