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Analyzing climate justice implications of the Paris Agreement by combining future global climate and sea level modeling data with interdisciplinary research
  • Shaina Sadai
Shaina Sadai
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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The science linking anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions with our changing climate, and the resulting impacts, has been well established for decades. During that time one of the focal points of international negotiations was to establish a common target for action to address climate change. These negotiations culminated in the Paris Agreement at COP21 in 2015 which seeks to limit the global mean surface temperature (GMST) rise to well below 2C above pre-industrial, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C. Our research seeks to assess the climate justice implications of using global mean surface temperature as a metric for climate action by combining data from ice sheet models and fully coupled global climate model simulations in conjunction with a literature review spanning fields including international relations, political economy, critical geography, and history. Considering the political and scientific history of the development of the temperature target alongside global impacts of climate change we gain a new understanding of spatial, temporal, and procedural aspects of climate justice.