Experts on IPCC global warming special report

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The special report from the IPCC aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. (Photo credit: Shuttterstock)

The following University of Victoria experts are available to media for comment on the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be presented Monday at the 48th Session of the IPCC in Incheon, Republic of Korea.


Kirsten Zickfeld (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions) is a program committee member with PICS at UVic and an associate professor of geography at Simon Fraser University. She is one of two Canadian experts selected to serve as lead author for the IPCC Special Report. Her research focuses on the effects of human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols on climate across time scales spanning hundreds of years. Her specific research interests include the reversibility of human-induced climate change, carbon budgets consistent with climate target, and climate feedbacks. (Contact Zickfeld through PICS communications director Jennifer Kwan, 778-677-5606 or )


Felix Pretis (Dept. of Economics) is an expert in climate-economic research. His international research network develops methods to better understand the complex relationships between human actions and climate responses and their associated economic effects. His most recent work studies the economic impacts of 1.5 degrees versus two degrees Celsius, to contribute to the IPCC special report. As co-director of the Climate Econometric Research Network, he brings together international researchers in the field of climate econometrics to study these issues. (Email:


Media contacts

Jennifer Kwan (PICS Senior Communications Officer) at 778-677-5606 (cell) or

Anne MacLaurin (Social Sciences Communications) at 250-217-4259 or

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Keywords: climate, research, clean energy, sustainability, climate change, Sociology, environmental studies, fossil fuels, global warming, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Economics

People: Kirsten Zickfeld, Felix Pretis

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