Friday, February 28, 2014

Climate Change 'Very Evident,' So Let's Deal With It, World Panel Says

In this Aug 3, 2011, file photo, Texas State Park police officer Thomas Bigham walks across the cracked lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake, in San Angelo, Texas. A new report from the IPCC due out next month looks at the risks that climate change poses to natural and human systems. (Credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File | Associated Press) Click to enlarge.
The next report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international group of scientists and government policymakers, will focus on managing the risks of a warming planet, according to the report's co-chair.

"The impacts of climate change that have already occurred are very evident, they're widespread, they have consequences," Chris Field, a professor in the Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University and the co-chair of the IPCC working group drafting the report, said in a meeting with reporters Monday.

The fifth assessment report from the IPCC's Working Group II focuses on climate impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.  The final version of the report is due to be released on March 31, though reporters have already published a leaked early draft.  The draft states that, within this century, effects of climate change "will slow down economic growth and poverty reduction, further erode food security and trigger new poverty traps."

Field said the report will emphasize the need to minimize and manage the consequences. "The essence of dealing with climate change is really not so much about identifying specific impacts that will occur at specific times in the future, but about managing risks," he said.

Climate Change 'Very Evident,' So Let's Deal With It, World Panel Says

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