The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Climate Futures Initiative and Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Environment are pleased to introduce the Climate Futures Series: The SCIENCE, the IMPACTS and SOLUTIONS to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

This series explores the science, impacts and solutions associated with limiting warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels through talks and discussions. In the SCIENCE presentation we will examine where we are in terms of global warming and discuss whether or not the 1.5 degrees limit is feasible from a geophysical perspective. In the IMPACTS presentation we will explore the benefits of keeping global warming to below 1.5 degrees compared to future scenarios with global warming of 2 and 4 degrees. In the SOLUTIONS session we will look at how we may achieve the 1.5 goal and what global, regional and local actions are required, considering implications for poverty eradication and sustainable development.


November 21, 2019


This talk will highlight the physical climate science findings of the recently published IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees, focusing on the question of whether it is feasible from a geophysical perspective to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.



Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Climate Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada.

january 10, 2019


This talk explores how the limited amount of carbon dioxide that we can still emit while limiting global warming to safe levels can be translated into emissions pathways that inform the climate change debate and climate policy about choices that are made today.



Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change


Mark Jaccard

Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University

February 28, 2019


This talk will focus on the approach used by the scientific community to assess literature relevant to the question of what is dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system: the so-called “reasons for concern”, including what they are, how they evolved, and what the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees says, particularly for the selected human and natural systems.



Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Professor in the Departments of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington


Stewart J. Cohen

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Limiting Global Warming to 1.5 degrees: What does it take & is it worth it?

We launched the series with a special presentation exploring the key findings from the IPCC report by Kirsten Zickfeld, a professor in SFU's department of geography and one of the lead authors of the IPCC report and  respondent Simon Donner, UBC Professor.  The event took place on October 17th, 2018.