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25-02-2015 Cop20 news

IPCC reviews the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change



It is the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since it presented its Fifth Assessment Report. IPCC representatives will meet in Nairobi (Kenya) until Friday 27 for its 41st working session. Its objective: review, among other issues, what type of reports the organization will produce, or how it will work in the future to address climate change.

The 116 pages, summarizing the 6-year work of 830 scientists, leave no doubt. Climate change is a man-made reality.

The sea level rises, snow and ice levels decrease and ocean and atmosphere temperature keeps rising. The need for action is urgent, if we want to achieve the objective of limiting temperature increase in the planet’s surface to two degrees, in relation to pre-industrial levels.

Despite the IPCC points out that there is enough science and technology to adapt to climate change effects and mitigate its reach, the task will be not a simple one: substantial and sustained emission reductions will be required to reduce them almost to zero in 2100 (by 40% to 70% between 2010 and 2050).

The facts are not misleading. From 1880 to 2012 temperature has likely increased by 0,85 degrees, and the sea level has risen 19 centimeters from 1901 to 2010, and it may rise 26 to 82 centimeters by the end of the century.

However, despite actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, consequences and damages will remain for centuries and these are unevenly distributed. Therefore, they mainly represent a challenge to less developed countries.

Find the report and its summary here:

IPCC Fifth Assessment. Longer report by COP20 Lima

IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report. Summary for Policymakers by COP20 Lima

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