Apr 4, 2014
IPCC Releases Report on Climate Risks & Adaptation
The new report from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released as a near-final draft on Monday, finds that the effects of climate change are already occurring worldwide; that the world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for the associated risks; and that there are opportunities to respond with effective action, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.
The report, titled "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability," is the second installment of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. The first installment, released last year, covered the physical science basis for climate change; the third installment is expected later this month and will focus on climate change mitigation.
“The IPCC’s new report underscores the need for immediate action in order to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change,” said John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. “The findings reinforce the importance and urgency of work already underway across the U.S. Government to implement President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—with its multipronged focus on reducing U.S. emissions, boosting climate change preparedness and resilience, and working across borders to develop global solutions.”
- Access the Working Group II report and the summary for policymakers
- Read the full statement issued by Dr. Holdren
- Read the full IPCC press release