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IPCC Issues Stark Warning on Climate Change

March 31, 2014
Environmental Protection

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that the effects of climate change will be felt across the globe in the coming decades. The report has been put together by 300 authors from 70 different countries, the IPCC’s Working Group II Report also contains contributions from thousands of global experts.

The document points to real time effects of climate change including melting sea ice, thawing permafrost in the Arctic and the decline of coral reefs in the oceans. The outlook for the coming decades is equally as concerning with more extreme weather events and flooding leading to potential threats to food security and global economies. The UK is identified as one of the regions most at risk from the more immediate negative effects of global warming with increased coastal and inland flooding, heat waves and drought predicted to have significant impacts.

Professor Neil Adger from Exeter University one of the lead authors for the report summed up current thinking saying; “Climate change is happening, there are big risks for everyone and no place in the world is immune from them.” The IPCC issued its last report seven years ago, the document being seen as a major influence on the 2009 UN climate summit in Copenhagen. On April 13 the third volume of the current series, looking at strategies for tackling carbon emissions, will be issued in Berlin.

You can download a copy of Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability here.