The new IPCC Working Group 2 report, released today, says that climate change is real, it’s happening now and it’s affecting the lives and the livelihoods of people, as well as the planet. According to the report, climate change has already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans and in our water supplies. These effects are global regardless of the wealth of a nation, its size or geographical location.
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. 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.
Read more about the new IPCC report at: www.ipcc.ch
The Summary for Policy Makers can be downloaded here: http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/IPCC_WG2AR5_SPM_Approved.pdf
Read more about the IPCC report from RealClimate at: www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/03/ipcc-wg2-report-now-out