IPCC releases special report on extreme events

IPCC releases special report on extreme events



18 November 2011

The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) was approved today by member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is co-sponsored by WMO.

Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC, said: "This summary for policymakers provides insights into how disaster risk management and adaptation may assist vulnerable communities to better cope with a changing climate in a world of inequalities".

"It also underlines the complexity and the diversity of factors that are shaping human vulnerability to extremes--why for some communities and countries these can become disasters whereas for others they can be less severe," he added. The report said there is “high confidence that both maximum and minimum daily temperatures have increased on a global scale due to the increase of greenhouse gases.” >> More

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