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IPCC summarizes climate change risks and solutions
New report supports science-based decision-making for mitigation and adaptation
Copenhagen, 2 November 2014 – The Synthesis Report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) distills years of research from thousands of the world’s top scientists and experts into a clear summary of the challenges posed by climate change and the potential solutions.
The Synthesis Report and its Summary for Policymakers summarize the findings of the three-volume Fifth Assessment Report as well as two Special Reports about the current state-of-knowledge on climate science, adaptation and mitigation.
“This fourth and final volume of the Fifth Assessment Report synthesizes a massive quantity of information to provide a concise and integrated picture of the climate change challenge,” said Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, which co-sponsors the IPCC along with the UN Environment Programme.
“The message is clear: Climate change is happening and humans are the cause. Future decades will see ever-increasing impacts and risks, including from more damaging floods, more frequent and intense heatwaves and significant sea level rise,” he said.
“Urgent action is needed to cut global greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mr Jarraud. “The longer we wait, the more expensive and difficult it will be to adapt – to the point where some impacts will be irreversible and impossible to cope with,” he said.
“We are not talking about distant future generations; we are talking about our children and our grandchildren,” said Mr Jarraud.
The IPCC takes a cross-cutting approach to its assessments because physics, chemistry, biology, geography, sociology, economics and many other research disciplines are essential to a full understanding of climate change and its implications for society and for policy.
Fortunately, rapid scientific advances are providing new tools both for climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as for building resilience among vulnerable communities. Many of these tools, such as short- and long-term climate predictions, scenarios of future potential risks and vulnerabilities, and maps and products that integrate climate data with hydrological, socio-economic, health and other data, are being developed as part of a major new initiative, the Global Framework for Climate Services, at the national and international levels.
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In Copenhagen: Michael Williams at +41 79 406 4730 or mwilliams(at)wmo.int
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