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Latest UN Report On Climate Change

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The UN has issued it’s latest report on climate change – yes it’s anthropogenic, yes we can react intelligently to the issue and try to reduce the causal factors ,and yes we can prepare for the expected impacts.

Here follows the official press release from the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Wild Open Eyes says those who suspect this report is old wine in new bottles should note that the message needs to be hammered home and the fresh emphasis on our opportunities for constructive action: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. We should all take heed and action. Yes, we believe that adaptation is essential.

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IPCC Report: A changing climate creates pervasive risks but opportunities exist
for effective responses

Responses will face challenges with high warming of the climate

YOKOHAMA, Japan, 31 March – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a
report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and
across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The
report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be
difficult to manage with high levels of warming.

The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group
II of the IPCC, details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing
climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. A total of 309 coordinating lead
authors, lead authors, and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the
report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and
government reviewers.

The report concludes that responding to climate change involves making choices about risks in a
changing world. The nature of the risks of climate change is increasingly clear, though climate
change will also continue to produce surprises. The report identifies vulnerable people, industries,
and ecosystems around the world. It finds that risk from a changing climate comes from
vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way) overlapping with
hazards (triggering climate events or trends). Each of these three components can be a target for
smart actions to decrease risk.

“We live in an era of man-made climate change,” said Vicente Barros, Co-Chair of Working Group II.
“In many cases, we are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face. Investments
in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.”

Adaptation to reduce the risks from a changing climate is now starting to occur, but with a stronger
focus on reacting to past events than on preparing for a changing future, according to Chris Field,
Co-Chair of Working Group II.

“Climate-change adaptation is not an exotic agenda that has never been tried. Governments, firms,
and communities around the world are building experience with adaptation,” Field said. “This
experience forms a starting point for bolder, more ambitious adaptations that will be important as
climate and society continue to change.

Future risks from a changing climate depend strongly on the amount of future climate change.
Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe and pervasive impacts that may
be surprising or irreversible.

“With high levels of warming that result from continued growth in greenhouse gas emissions, risks
will be challenging to manage, and even serious, sustained investments in adaptation will face
limits,” said Field.

Observed impacts of climate change have already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems
on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some people’s livelihoods. The striking feature of
observed impacts is that they are occurring from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large
continents, and from the wealthiest countries to the poorest.

“The report concludes that people, societies, and ecosystems are vulnerable around the world, but
with different vulnerability in different places. Climate change often interacts with other stresses to
increase risk,” Field said.

Adaptation can play a key role in decreasing these risks, Barros noted. “Part of the reason
adaptation is so important is that the world faces a host of risks from climate change already baked
into the climate system, due to past emissions and existing infrastructure,” said Barros.

Field added: “Understanding that climate change is a challenge in managing risk opens a wide
range of opportunities for integrating adaptation with economic and social development and with
initiatives to limit future warming. We definitely face challenges, but understanding those challenges
and tackling them creatively can make climate-change adaptation an important way to help build a
more vibrant world in the near-term and beyond.”

Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC, said: “The Working Group II report is another important step
forward in our understanding of how to reduce and manage the risks of climate change. Along with
the reports from Working Group I and Working Group III, it provides a conceptual map of not only
the essential features of the climate challenge but the options for solutions.”

The Working Group I report was released in September 2013, and the Working Group III report will
be released in April 2014. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report cycle concludes with the publication
of its Synthesis Report in October 2014.

“None of this would be possible without the dedication of the Co-Chairs of Working Group II and the
hundreds of scientists and experts who volunteered their time to produce this report, as well as the
more than 1,700 expert reviewers worldwide who contributed their invaluable oversight,” Pachauri
said. “The IPCC’s reports are some of the most ambitious scientific undertakings in human history,
and I am humbled by and grateful for the contributions of everyone who make them possible."

The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) is available at
www.ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5 and www.ipcc.ch

Climate impacts ‘overwhelming’ – UN

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26810559

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