Degrees briefs the Climate Overshoot Commission

The Degrees Initiative was invited to present its work to the third meeting of the Climate Overshoot Commission (COC) in Cairo, on 19 and 20 November. 

The Climate Overshoot Commision (COC) is an independent group of eminent global leaders who in 2023 will recommend a strategy to reduce climate risks if global warming goals are exceeded. As part of their work they are considering adaptation, carbon removal and SRM  .

Degrees was represented at the meeting by:

  • Prof. Ines Camillioni (DMF principal investigator, Argentina)
  • Dr Chris Lennard (DMF principal investigator, South Africa)
  • Andy Parker (Degrees’ CEO), 

In the hour-long session, Ines, Chris and Andy made the case for developing countries playing a leading role in SRM evaluation. Andy showed how much had been achieved in the first few years of the Degrees Modelling Fund, which has supported the first SRM research projects in most developing regions. Chris addressed the climate modelling challenges in Africa, and in particular the lack of funding for research.  Ines presented her research on SRM impacts in South America, and reminded the Commissioners of the importance of evaluating SRM with the risk/risk framing, where the risks of SRM are compared to the risks of a warmed world without SRM.

1. COC Commissioners either present or joining via video conference were: Pascal Lamy (chair), Hina Rabbani Khar, Laurence Tubiana, Celso Amorim, Muhamad Chatib Basri, Frances Beinecke, Felipe Calderón, Kim Campbell, Jamshyd Godrej, Mahamadou Issoufou, Agnes Matilda Kalibata and Xue Lan. They were joined by the three Science Advisors to the Commission: Thelma Krug, Chris Field, and Michael Obersteiner