Dos grados, una sola oportunidad

Released in the run up to the G8 summit, this paper explains why global average temperature rise must be kept as far below 2°C as possible (from pre-industrial levels), based on a review of evidence of the impacts at different temperature ranges. 

It explains how impacts on water resources, food production and ecosystems become catastrophic above that threshold, and how dangerous feedback mechanisms are much more likely to kick in, resulting in even faster warming.

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Dos grados, una sola oportunidad (Spanish version produced by Intermón Oxfam) (PDF 834 KB)

This report is endorsed by the following agencies:

A Rocha UK 
Action Aid UK 
Bread for All, Switzerland 
Caring Heart, Uganda 
Christian Ecology Link, UK 
Climate Action Network Canada 
Columban Faith and Justice, UK 
David Suzuki Foundation, Canada 
Evangelical Association of Malawi 
Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia 
Friends of the Earth Australia 
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland 
Friends of the Earth International 
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HELIO International 
Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation, the Netherlands 
International Institute for Environment and Development 
International Rivers Network 
Jubilee Centre, Zambia 
Micah Challenge, DRC 
New Economics Foundation 
Norwegian Church Aid 
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Sustrans, UK 
Tear FUND New Zealand 
Tear Netherlands 
TERRA Mileniul III Foundation, Romania 
Women’s Institute, UK 
World Development Movement 
WWF Climate Change Programme