Impacts, Risks, and Responses in the 2014 IPCC Reports
Building on 2013’s working group report on the physical science basis for climate change, the IPCC released two additional installments of its Fifth Assessment Report in spring 2014—this time focused on climate impacts, risks, and responses.
The first of these two 2014 installments dealt with impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, finding 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 second, which concentrated on mitigation, found that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels; nevertheless, if implemented by mid-century, an array of technological measures and behavioral changes could limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
USGCRP hosts and provides financial support for the operations of the IPCC Technical Support Unit that coordinated the production of the volume on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. In partnership with DOS, USGCRP coordinated and supported the U.S. Government’s review, revision, and vetting of the Fifth Assessment Report, the final synthesis volume for which is expected in October 2014. Development of a process for subsequent assessments began in 2014 and will be finalized in 2015. To learn more, visit: http://goo.gl/acNbXH