New IPCC Report: ‘Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’

Last week the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest Working Group I and II report entitled Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).  According to the report summary…

“The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range from the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’) to the implications of these events for society and sustainable development. The assessment concerns the interaction of climatic, environmental, and human factors that can lead to impacts and disasters, options for managing the risks posed by impacts and disasters, and the important role that non-climatic factors play in determining impacts.”

Featuring contributions from 220 authors in 62 countries, the SREX is the latest in a long line of authoritative reports documenting the evidence for anthropogenic climate change and the range of impacts that are likely to result from human-induced changes to the Earth’s climate system.  To access links to this extensive body of evidence, see WATCH’s Key Climate Documents page.

Download: Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

Video Overview of the SREX Report

SREX in the Media:

ABC Radio – The World Today: ‘Scientists say it’s time to act’

SBS TV – World News Australia: ‘Global warming linked to extreme weather’

Roger Jones, The Conversation: ‘Spinning uncertainty? The IPCC extreme weather report and the media’

About the IPCC

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific information related to climate change, to evaluate its environmental and socio-economic consequences and to formulate realistic response strategies.  The IPCC has produced a series of Assessment Reports (in 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2007). The Fifth Assessment Report will appear in four stages in 2013 and 2014. It has also produced several Special Reports (of which Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) is the latest), Technical Papers, Methodologies and other key documents.  Together these have become the standard references for policymakers and scientists.  The IPCC assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to understanding climate change and its effects. It does not conduct any research itself or monitor climate-related data. The work of the IPCC is carried out by thousands of scientists on a voluntary basis.  The IPCC is currently organized in three Working Groups and the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change (what causes it and what will happen next); Working Group II deals with climate change impacts, adaptations and vulnerability (what is climate change doing to the Earth and human society); and Working Group III examines the mitigation of climate change (what can we do about it).

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