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ITU-T L Suppl. 24 (04/2016)

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ITU-T L.1500 - Overview of climate change effects and possible impacts
In light of the historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed by 195 nations in Paris on 12 December 2015. The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities. The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability to deal with the impacts of climate change. The Paris Agreement and the outcomes of the UN climate conference (COP21) cover all the crucial areas identified as essential for a landmark conclusion:

· Mitigation – reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal

· A transparency system and global stock-take – accounting for climate action

· Adaptation – strengthening ability of countries to deal with climate impacts

· Loss and damage – strengthening ability to recover from climate impacts

· Support – including finance, for nations to build clean, resilient futures

Countries will submit updated climate plans – called nationally determined contributions (NDCs) – every five years, thereby steadily increasing their ambition in the long-term. Climate action will also be taken forward in the period before 2020. Countries will continue to engage in a process on mitigation opportunities and will put added focus on adaptation opportunities.

In view of such important international developments, this supplement acquires a special relevance, as it aims at offering a better understanding of climate change effects that could assist in the development of national reports and recommendations related to adaptation, as well as be used as a reference to relevant decision makers and other recommendations.

This document includes identifying and describing climate change effects that can affect the ICT sector and other sectors. It also provides general introduction to the identified climate change effects and describes possible impacts of climate change effects to the ICT sector, human behaviors, human health and the energy sector.
Citation: http://handle.itu.int/11.1002/1000/12892
Approval date: 2016-04-27
Provisional name:L.1500 Suppl.(Supp_CC_effects)
Approval process:Agreed
Status: In force
Maintenance responsibility: ITU-T Study Group 5
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