IPCC Synthesis Report Summarizes Climate Change Risks and Solutions

Monday 03rd Nov 2014 by theWeather Club

The Synthesis Report was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 2nd November 2014. It extracts and highlights the main findings of the three working group contributions to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report plus two Special Reports, which integrate multidisciplinary research from thousands of the world’s top scientists and experts about the current state of the climate system, as well as adaptation and mitigation methods.

The Synthesis Report is a clear summary of the challenges posed by climate change, the implications for society and policy, and the potential solutions that are being developed as part of a major new initiative, the Global Framework for Climate Services.

“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 full press release can be found here >> https://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_1005_en.html

The IPCC reports can be accessed here >> http://www.ipcc.ch/