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Is it Too Late for 2°C?
Thomas Stocker
Environment - Interviews

Thomas Stocker, University of Berne, is Co-chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC WGI). Working Group I deals with the physical science basis of climate and  its Summary for Policy Makers was released just one year ago. Following this release, the 2nd and 3rd volumes of the IPCC works issued in 2014 have since gained  the attention of society and policy makers, especially in view of the two very important upcoming events in the climate policy agenda: Lima 2014 and Paris 2015.

The implications of this first IPCC volume are of fundamental importance for the climate debate, because they represent the foundation of other works on impacts and mitigation. In this short interview, Thomas Stocker comes back on basic but important aspects of the physics of climate, which are often misunderstood by the public at large.


  • How can we put current and future climate change into an historical perspective?
  • Why is the 2°C target so important in your opinion?
  • Is it too late for 2°C?









Thomas Stocker is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the Physics Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland and Co-Chair Working Group I, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change