Regional Environmental Change

, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp 2197–2200 | Cite as

Small island developing states and 1.5 °C

  • Adelle ThomasEmail author
  • Carl-Friedrich Schleussner
  • Mahendra Kumar

Limiting warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels has long been a core political objective for small island developing states (SIDS) given their unique vulnerability and exposure to anthropogenic climate change (de Águeda Corneloup and Mol 2014; Benjamin and Thomas 2016). The establishment of the 1.5 °C long-term temperature limit in the Paris Agreement and the subsequent Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 1.5 °C has also greatly elevated the prominence of this temperature limit within the scientific community.

For the first time, this special issue of Regional Environmental Changefocuses on the 1.5 °C temperature limit and SIDS through bringing together contributions from political, social and physical science. It comprises contributions from diverse author teams with different disciplinary and regional foci. On the political side, contributions investigate the political context and role of small islands in including the 1.5 °C limit in...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of The BahamasNassauBahamas
  2. 2.Climate AnalyticsBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Irithesys, Humboldt University BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.SuvaFiji
  5. 5.Climate Change InstituteThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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