The Paris agreement aims to hold global mean temperature (GMT) increase at well below 2°C, with efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
In your report, you will explore how these limits came to be determined, and what are the implications globally of 1.5°C and 2°C increases in GMT. Your report should discuss the differences, in terms of impacts of these two temperature limits. Under 1.5°C and 2°C GMT increase scenarios, which countries have the most to loose and which counties might actually benefit? You should also explore the feasibility of limiting GMT increase to 1.5°C or 2°C.
This is a research report, so you will need to support your arguments with examples from peer reviewed scientific literature. The attached paper by Schleussner et al. (2016) should provide a good starting point for your research. You will also be expected to refer to the most recent IPCC report (AR5) and at least 6 published peer reviewed research articles. Use the Harvard (Author Year) reference style. Figures are encouraged, but no more than 3.
This report is worth 30% of your total grade for this unit and will be marked according to the attached rubric. The word limit is 1500, you will be penalised for exceeding the word limit. The penalty shall be a deduction of 10% of your possible marks for every 10% over the word limit. That means that if you write 1651 words (151 over the limit) you will be penalised 10%.
You must submit your report to via Turnitin. Your submission will be checked for plagiarism—DO NOT DIRECTLY COPY TEXT FROM OTHER SOURCES or you will be referred to the Faculty Discipline Committee in accordance with the university academic honesty policy (http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy.html).
Your review is due at 5pm Friday 18thOctober. If you submit your review late you will be penalised 10% of your marks for every day past the deadline. For more information on Assessments see your Unit Guide.