The Post-Paris Climate Challenge

September 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
St Jax Montréal
1439 Rue Sainte-Catherine
Montréal, QC H3G 1S6
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

In December of 2015, one hundred and ninety-five countries met in Paris to adopt the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement. It has charged countries with decreasing greenhouse gas emissions so as to limit global warming to between 1.5 and 2°C. However, national emissions targets are not currently consistent with this temperature limit. Professor Matthews will summarize the current state of the global climate challenge, outline what level of emissions would keep us below the Paris climate targets, and show how much time we have left to implement the necessary changes.

DamonMatthewsDr. Damon Matthews is Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair (Climate Science and Sustainability) in the Department of Geography Planning and Environment. He currently teaches courses on the climate system, climate change and environmental modelling at Concordia University. His research is aimed at better understanding the many possible interactions between human activities, natural ecosystems and future climate change and contributing to the scientific knowledge base required to promote the development of sound national and international climate policy. Dr. Matthews was a recent member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations and was a contributing author to the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.