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04APR
2014
NEWS / Adaptation and risk management at the heart of latest IPCC report
Category: Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

 

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest report on the global impacts of climate change was released this week. The report clearly indicates that the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. It is a report that has climate change risk at its heart. It finds that 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 increasingly difficult to manage with higher levels of warming associated with not taking action on greenhouse gas emissions.

The report, '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. 

 

Watch the video below to get an overview of the report and its key findings:

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