Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC
Ch 03

Impacts of 1.5°C of Global Warming on Natural and Human systems

Why is it necessary and even vital to maintain the global temperature increase below 1.5°C versus higher levels? Adaptation will be less difficult. Our world will suffer fewer negative impacts on intensity and frequency of extreme events, on resources, ecosystems, biodiversity, food security, cities, tourism and carbon removal.

Coordinating Lead Authors

  • Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Australia)
  • Daniela Jacob (Germany)
  • Michael Taylor (Jamaica)

Lead Authors:

  • Marco Bindi (Italy)
  • Sally Brown (United Kingdom)
  • Ines Camilloni (Argentina)
  • Arona Diedhiou (Senegal)
  • Riyanti Djalante (Indonesia)
  • Kristie L. Ebi (United Kingdom)
  • Francois Engelbrecht (South Africa)
  • Zhou Guangsheng (China)
  • Joel Guiot (France)
  • Yasuaki Hijioka (Japan)
  • Shagun Mehrotra (India, United States)
  • Antony Payne (United Kingdom)
  • Sonia I. Seneviratne (Switzerland)
  • Adelle Thomas (The Bahamas)
  • Rachel Warren (United Kingdom)

Contributing Authors

  • Sharina Abdul Halim (Malaysia)
  • Michelle Achlatis (Greece)
  • Lisa V. Alexander (Australia)
  • Myles Allen (United Kingdom)
  • Peter Berry (Canada)
  • Christopher Boyer (United States)
  • Edward Byers (Austria, Brazil)
  • Lorenzo Brilli (Italy)
  • Marcos Buckeridge (Brazil)
  • William Cheung (China)
  • Marlies Craig (South Africa)
  • Neville Ellis (Australia)
  • Jason Evans (Australia)
  • Hubertus Fischer (Switzerland)
  • Klaus Fraedrich (Germany)
  • Sabine Fuss (Germany)
  • Anjani Ganase (Australia, Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Jean Pierre Gattuso (France)
  • Peter Greve (Austria, Germany)
  • Tania Guillén Bolaños (Germany, Nicaragua)
  • Naota Hanasaki (Japan)
  • Tomoko Hasegawa (Japan)
  • Katie Hayes (Canada)
  • Annette Hirsch (Australia, Switzerland)
  • Chris Jones (United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Jung (Germany)
  • Markku Kanninen (Finland)
  • Gerhard Krinner (France)
  • David Lawrence (United States)
  • Tim Lenton (United Kingdom)
  • Debora Ley (Mexico)
  • Diana Liverman (United States)
  • Natalie Mahowald (United States)
  • Kathleen McInnes (Australia)
  • Katrin J. Meissner (Australia)
  • Richard Millar (United Kingdom)
  • Katja Mintenbeck (Germany)
  • Dann Mitchell (United Kingdom)
  • Alan C. Mix (United States)
  • Dirk Notz (Germany)
  • Leonard Nurse (Barbados)
  • Andrew Okem (Nigeria)
  • Lennart Olsson (Sweden)
  • Michael Oppenheimer (United States)
  • Shlomit Paz (Israel)
  • Juliane Petersen (Germany)
  • Jan Petzold (Germany)
  • Swantje Preuschmann (Germany)
  • Mohammad Feisal Rahman (Bangladesh)
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  • Hanna Scheuffele (Germany)
  • Carl-Friedrich Schleussner (Germany)
  • Daniel Scott (Canada)
  • Roland Séférian (France)
  • Jana Sillmann (Norway, Germany)
  • Chandni Singh (India)
  • Raphael Slade (United Kingdom)
  • Kimberly Stephenson (Jamaica)
  • Tannecia Stephenson (Jamaica)
  • Mouhamadou B. Sylla (Senegal)
  • Mark Tebboth (United Kingdom)
  • Petra Tschakert (Australia)
  • Robert Vautard (France)
  • Richard Wartenburger (Switzerland, Germany)
  • Michael Wehner (United States)
  • Nora M. Weyer (Germany)
  • Felicia Whyte (Jamaica)
  • Gary Yohe (United States)
  • Xuebin Zhang (China)
  • Robert B. Zougmoré (Burkina Faso, Mali)

Review Editors

  • Jose Antonio Marengo (Brazil, Peru)
  • Joy Pereira (Malaysia)
  • Boris Sherstyukov (Russia)

Chapter Scientist

  • Tania Guillén Bolaños (Germany, Nicaragua)

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Full web chapter available February 2019

This chapter should be cited as:
O. Hoegh-Guldberg, D. Jacob, M. Taylor, M. Bindi, S. Brown, I. Camilloni, A. Diedhiou, R. Djalante, K. Ebi, F. Engelbrecht, J. Guiot, Y. Hijioka, S. Mehrotra, A. Payne, S. I. Seneviratne, A. Thomas, R. Warren, G. Zhou, 2018, Impacts of 1.5ºC global warming on natural and human systems. In: Global warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty [V. Masson-Delmotte, P. Zhai, H. O. Pörtner, D. Roberts, J. Skea, P.R. Shukla, A. Pirani, W. Moufouma-Okia, C. Péan, R. Pidcock, S. Connors, J. B. R. Matthews, Y. Chen, X. Zhou, M. I. Gomis, E. Lonnoy, T. Maycock, M. Tignor, T. Waterfield (eds.)]. In Press.

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