On October 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report cautioning policymakers of the impacts associated with global temperatures rising beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. In identifying these impacts, the report highlighted how countries greatly differ in their vulnerability to climate-risks and in their ability to respond to these risks. Specifically, the IPCC identified that some countries will continue to disproportionately experience the effects of climate change through the loss of income, adverse health effects, displacement or hunger. These inequalities speak to considerations of equity and justice – two central issues affecting the advancement of international agreement on climate change policies.
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Unpacking Equity is a collaboration between the Public Policy and Governance Review and the Equity, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative at the School of Public Policy and Governance. This series aims to explain equity-related policy issues and break down complicated topics involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Policy professionals can gain a better understanding of these complex issues in order to incorporate an equity lens into their practice.