#FCCCReview: Bringing Science Back Into the Climate Talks

Science has been brought back into the Climate talks in Bonn, where Governments have too often paid lip service to the science, and have instead approached the ultimate goal of the convention, including the prevention of ‘country extinction’, through a primarily political lens.

SBSTA’s research dialogue  yesterday covered emerging scientific findings in relation to ecosystems, GHG emissions, regional temperature time-lines, sea level rise predictions, as well as details of the upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

In 2012, the COP decided to establish a structured expert dialogue that aims to support the work of a Joint Contact Group of SBSTA and SBI and to ensure the scientific integrity of the review through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas.

This afternoon, the first in-session workshop kicked off under the structured expert dialogue of the 2013–2015 review of the long-term global temperature rise limit (2 degrees or lower)

Today’s reality-check workshop featured presentations by experts from the WMO, IPCC and Hadley Centre on the status of the global climate, the 2°C target and associated risks and about how the IPCC AR5 findings can guide in assessing the long-term global limit. Short presentations from China, Philippines, EU and Australia were also made.

Some of the key Questions that guided the discussions included:

(1) How could IPCC information be used to carry out the review? How could this information be complemented by national and regional information, taking into account any concerns relating to reopening the IPCC findings?

(2) How could information from other relevant reports from United Nations agencies and other international organizations be used in the review?

(3) What technical work should be undertaken under the structured expert dialogue to assess the adequacy of 2°C? Which analytical frameworks could be used to assess the impacts and risks of the 2°C?

During the workshop, the UNFCCC @UN_climatetalks opened up the workshop to questions, comments and on-going  discussions using the hashtag #FCCCReview. What follows is a roundup of the workshop:


The slides and further information in relation to the workshop will be uploaded on the UNFCCC Website.

About The Author

Tariq Al-Olaimy

Tariq is a social entrepreneur and biomimicry specialist based in Bahrain. He co-founded the social impact consultancy & think-do-tank called 3BL Associates, which is focused on the sustainable and regenerative development of the MENA region. He helped found & helps coordinator the Arab Youth Climate Movement in Bahrain. Tariq is also working with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung to create an Arab World Position Policy Paper for COP19 and beyond.