IPCC Working Group II Report: more certain than ever that climate change is underway

29.10.14 By

Our team has summarised the findings of the latest IPCC report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

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KEY MESSAGES:

1. The IPCC reports conclude that climate change is occurring as a result of human activities. This latest report from Working Group II confirms and reinforces the findings of the previous assessment report (AR4) published in 2007.

2. There is increased evidence that climate change is already affecting many natural and human systems and poses significant risks to human health, ecosystems, infrastructure, agricultural production and communities.

3. Key findings for Australia include:

4. Reducing the risk in Australia of water shortages, bushfire weather, extreme heatwaves, and decreased agricultural production will depend on how rapidly we are able to reduce carbon emissions locally and globally, and on the how effectively we are able to implement adaptation measures.

5. The IPCC is the most authoritative international body on climate change science and impacts. IPCC assessment reports are subject to an extremely rigorous review process.

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For more information see www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/