IPCC Should go Prescriptive at Lower Levels of Governance

Jan 20th, 2015 | By

Science is central in understanding precise nature of the risks climate change poses. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the prime body reviewing and synthesising latest scientific knowledge on multiple dimensions of climate change has been pivotal in elevating the status of climate change as the key development and environmental policy agenda at international

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Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

Jan 16th, 2015 | By

For the average Central European citizen, the temperatures of the Libyan desert are probably quite hard to cope with. However, these are the climatic conditions that, according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Central Europeans will face in the year 2300. By then, climate researcher Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the PIK,

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IPCC Climate Experts Say 2015 Will be Hotter Than 2104

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

As the hottest year on record 2014 draws to a close, climate experts at Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued a fresh warning about the possible impacts of global warming and how those could change the face of this planet in the near future. The average temperatures around the world might increase 2-degree-Celsius

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Change the System, Not the Climate!

Dec 19th, 2014 | By

The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations known as COP 20 (Conference of Parties) was held in Lima, Peru from December 1-14. Delegates from 196 countries gathered and deliberated on the agenda to be presented at the United Nations climate treaty conference to be held in Paris in December 2015. Notwithstanding all the

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IPCC: A whopping $500 Billion Will be Needed Annually by 2050 to Adapt to Climate Change

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

International Business Times: As much as $500 billion per year may be needed by 2050 to help developing nations adapt to climate change, according to the United Nations — a significant increase over the $100 billion estimated previously by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The new figures were part of the first

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Rajendra Pachauri: Science Offers Clear Rationale for Climate Action

Nov 28th, 2014 | By

On the basis of observations the AR5 has found that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen. Yet, despite a growing

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This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

Nov 10th, 2014 | By
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Some effects of climate change are obvious, such as warming temperatures, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels. But other impacts are more surprising. For example, climate change effects can harm food production and cause famines; alter habitats and cause mass die-offs of plants, animals and other organisms; and even threaten human health. The biggest

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Rich Nations Forced IPCC to ‘Drop’ Key Climate Chart: Centre for Science and Environment

Nov 7th, 2014 | By

PTI: A leading advocacy group today claimed that rich nations forced the R K Pachauri-chaired Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to “drop” a chart accusing Western countries of consumption-based emissions from its latest report, a contention denied byIPCC. Climate expert and Deputy Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Chandra Bhushan, said the

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UN Climate Change Report 2014: The End Of The IPCC?

Nov 5th, 2014 | By

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, has been a leading voice in discussions about global warming since the panel was formed 26 years ago, and it has devoted countless hours and resources to understanding the planet’s complex and ever-changing environment. Now, the future of the United Nations’ leading climate body is uncertain, as experts

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IPPC Report – Fossil Fuels Should be ‘Phased Out by 2100’

Nov 4th, 2014 | By

The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050.

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IPCC Preparing ‘Most Important’ Document on Climate Change

Oct 30th, 2014 | By

BBC News: The IPCC Synthesis Report will summarise the causes and impacts of – and solutions to – rising temperatures. It will be the bedrock of talks on a new global climate deal. But there are concerns that political battles could neuter the final summary. Over the past 13 months, the IPCC has released three

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IPCC Report is “Roadmap” to Paris Climate Deal – Pachauri

Oct 27th, 2014 | By

Scientists and delegates from more than 100 governments are meeting in Copenhagen this week to thrash out the definitive round-up of climate science. By the end of the week, they will have approved the final building block of the UN climate panel’s fifth assessment report – a 100-page document bringing together five reports released over the

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UN Climate Change Draft Sees Risks of Irreversible Damage

Oct 26th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – Climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible” impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst. Delegates from more than 100 governments and top scientists meet in Copenhagen on Oct 27-31 to edit the

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Climate Change May Hit Rice Yields in Asia: IPCC Report

Oct 19th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: Rural poverty in parts of Asia could be exacerbated due to negative impacts from climate change on rice production, and a general increase in food prices and the cost of living, says the report of working group two of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. Launched on Thursday, the

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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What Does it Mean For the Caribbean?

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Dr Kenrick Leslie, CBE, Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, reflects on the implications of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report for the region, as he prepares to welcome representatives of the IPCC and Caribbean governments and businesses to a special launch event, co-sponsored by CDKN, in Barbados this evening. The Caribbean’s response to

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IPCC Calculations Show Global Warming Won’t be Harmful if it Resumes

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Satellite data available from 1988 has allowed very precise measurements of global temperatures. These at first confirmed a warming trend. But the satellite recordings, greeted with such enthusiastic fanfare by the warmist fraternity, have, for the past 18 years, bitten the hand that fed them. A number of hypotheses have been advanced to explain the

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Climate Change Hits Agriculture, Power Production-IPCC Report

Sep 5th, 2014 | By

Climate Change is caused by emissions such as carbon dioxide from production processes, which trap heat escaping to the atmosphere thereby causing global warming. The warming of the earth disrupts rainfall patterns and also melts the ice on mountain tops like the Rwenzori. In a presentation, Revocatus Twinomuhangi of Makerere University pointed out that three of quarters

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Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there’s faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report. Global warming already is affecting “all continents and across the oceans,” and further pollution from heat-trapping gases will raise the likelihood of “severe,

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IPCC Warns of massive Climate Changes

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

The latest IPCC report warns that the major greenhouse gas emissions should be cut during the next 15 years or the planet will face catastrophic climate changes. Environment experts have also suggested a solution that can make emissions come down and through which even economy can be improved at the same time. A carbon pollution fee on fossil fuels that returns that

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Why the IPCC Exaggerates Greenhouse Warming of the Oceans by at Least 2.5 Times

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

A new paper finds the deep oceans have cooled contrary to alarmist claims of deep ocean warming by Trenberth’s “missing heat” from carbon dioxide. Trenberth’s theory, one of at least 14 excuses for the ~18 year ‘pause’ of global warming, now appears to be dead in the water. Data from the new paper can be used to derive that the world’s oceans have warmed

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Intergovernmental Panel Report: Asia Faces 3 Climate Change Risks

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

A world where climate is changing the way it is presently doing poses three main risks for Asia, according to the scientists who studied impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability for the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report (AR5), which was presented at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City on Wednesday. At the same

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IPCC Co-Chair Calls for Re-thinking of Policy Assessments

Jul 5th, 2014 | By

When the Working Group III (WGIII) contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, the most comprehensive assessment of climate change mitigation options to date, was accepted by IPCC member governments in April this year, governments could not agree on parts of its Summary for Policymakers during the approval process. As a result the material was

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Opting for Coal-based Energy ‘Wasteful Approach’ by Govt: IPCC

Jun 29th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Emphasising on the need to decarbonise electricity generation, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman R K Pachauri today termed as a “wasteful approach” by the government to opt for coal-based power projects and pressed for the use of renewable and nuclear energy sources to satisfy the country’s power needs. “…We would need to

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PCC Commissioned Models to See if Global Warming Would Reach Dangerous Levels This Century

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

The debate over climate change is horribly polarized. From the way it is conducted, you would think that only two positions are possible: that the whole thing is a hoax or that catastrophe is inevitable. In fact there is room for lots of intermediate positions, including the view I hold, which is that man-made climate

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Safer Climate Disasters

Jun 15th, 2014 | By

Too often, participants in the climate-change debate make an erroneous distinction between protecting ourselves from the longer-term impact of global warming and better preparing ourselves against today’s extreme weather events. Recent reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have sought to break down this artificial divide. While seeking to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, we

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New Paper Shows IPCC Underestimates Global Cooling From Man-made Aerosols/Clouds by Factor of 27 Times

Jun 11th, 2014 | By

According to a new paper published in Science, the global cooling effect of clouds nucleated by man-made aerosols since the beginning of the industrial revolution is approximately 15 watts per square meter, which is about 27 times more cooling effect than the mean estimate published in the 2014 IPCC AR5 Report: The IPCC-admitted “low confidence” and very poor representation of clouds/aerosols in climate

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South Africa has Africa’s Largest Carbon Footprint

May 27th, 2014 | By

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report reveals that South Africa is responsible for the majority of African’s carbon emissions as a result of its coal-intensive energy production, and that the average temperatures across South Africa will increase by 2ºC along the coast and 6ºC inland by the end of the century if no action is taken to combat

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IPCC Reports ‘Diluted’ Under ‘Political Pressure’ to Protect Fossil Fuel Interests

May 15th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Increasing evidence is emerging that the policy summaries on climate impacts and mitigation by the UN Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were significantly ‘diluted’ under political pressure from some of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, including Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil and the United States. Several experts familiar with the IPCC government approval process for the ‘Summary for

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‘Great Opportunities’ in Agriculture, Forestry to Mitigate Climate Change: IPCC Chairman

May 12th, 2014 | By

Reuters: The agriculture and forestry sectors play a crucial role in climate change mitigation, the world’s top climate change expert said Tuesday, calling for action ahead of the next round of negotiations on a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. “The path we have to follow is very clear if the world wants to limit

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IPCC Report Details Clear Evidence of Climate Change

May 11th, 2014 | By

A UN climate impact report prepared by the world’s leading scientific authorities in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has given clear evidence that the Earth is in deep trouble, showing that climate change is real and happening now, and is affecting the lives and livelihoods of people worldwide as well as the sensitive

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IPCC Chair: Delaying Climate Action Raises the Risks and Costs

May 7th, 2014 | By

To avoid the worst effects of climate change, the world will have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly by 2050 and then become carbon neutral by the end of this century, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says. IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri spoke at the World Bank about changes needed and

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Public Bemused by Risk Language in IPCC Reports

May 6th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The phrases used in UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports to convey the probability of extreme events happening due to climate change are often misinterpreted by the general public in many countries, a study says. As a result, it urges the panel to always give the percentage chance of an event occurring whenever

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World Must Adapt to Unknown Climate Future, Says IPCC

May 5th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: There is still great uncertainty about the impacts of climate change, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released today. So if we are to survive and prosper, rather than trying to fend off specific threats like cyclones, we must build flexible and resilient societies. Today’s report is the second

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Study: It is “Very Likely” That Scientists Are Confusing Us About Global Warming

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a big, big production. Its reports, released roughly every five years, are considered the gold standard of climate science, and are always a major media event. Thousands of scientists contribute to the reports, all of them volunteering their expertise to make the world just a little bit better.

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Indian Climate Experts Slam Latest IPCC Report

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Climate policy experts from India have greeted the release of the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with ire. The draft report, a summary of which was released in Berlin, Germany, this week (13 April), is written by the IPCC’s third working group, which focuses on climate change mitigation.

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IPCC Findings: Create ‘Age Of Renewables’, Or Pay Higher Price Later

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Sunday in Berlin, shows that humanity still has time to solve the global crisis of global warming and climate change, but only if governments and industry are finally forced to make the political and financial decisions that will see the rapid reduction of CO2 emissions

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IPCC Climate Change Report: Averting Catastrophe is Eminently Affordable

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable. “It doesn’t cost the world to save the planet,” said economist Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, who led the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team. The cheapest

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IPCC: World Can Curb Carbon Emissions

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

The world, acting urgently, can curb carbon emissions enough to avert worst-case scenarios for climate change, UN experts said on Monday as envoys met in Berlin to weigh the options for action. “The literature here shows that deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit warming to 2°C remain possible”, said Ottmar Edenhofer, who helped

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Leaked IPCC Climate Plan to Worsen Global Warming – Ecologists

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: A British environmental organisation that has reviewed the draft of a forthcoming UN IPCC report on mitigating climate change has questioned many of the document’s recommendations as deeply flawed. Dr Rachel Smolker, co-director of Biofuelwatch, said that the report’s embrace of “largely untested” and “very risky” technologies like bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS), will

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World Needs a Major Shift From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy: IPCC

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the

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IPCC Warning on Climate Risk: Worst is Yet to Come

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

Note that the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines climate change as: ‘a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.’ The UNFCCC thus

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The IPCC Rings the Warning Bell Louder. Is Anyone Listening?

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

I have just spent a gruelling week in Yokohama, Japan at the plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). There the summary for policymakers on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability was adopted a day after the official closing, after an all-night marathon of work. The co-chairs of the working group crafting the

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A Changing Climate Creates Pervasive Risks But Opportunities Exist for Effective Responses

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt: a Story of Winners and Losers, IPCC Scientist Says

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

Arctic sea ice is expected to have melted enough to open up shipping lanes for four months of the year by the middle of the century, a new UN climate report is expected to say. The new conditions could open up opportunities for some,  but scientists tell us many are also likely to suffer as

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IPCC Author Brands Upcoming Climate Report ‘Alarmist’

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: One of the 70 authors of a draft UN report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was “alarmist” about the threat. Richard Tol told Reuters he disagreed with some findings of the summary to be issued in Japan on 31 March. “The drafts became too alarmist,”

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IPCC Preview: Deep Trouble Brewing in Our Oceans

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

Scientists are meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, to finalise and approve the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II – the part of the IPCC process that seeks consensus on the likely impacts of climate change, as well as how it might change the vulnerability of people and ecosystems, and how

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Crop Adaptation Seen as Key to Cope with Global Warming

Mar 26th, 2014 | By

Adapting crops to resist the onslaught of global warming is one of the key themes of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which opened a general meeting in Yokohama on Tuesday. In many parts of Japan, researchers are working to develop new varieties and cultivation methods to cope with heat waves and other

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Leaked UN Climate Change Report Paints Grim Picture of Philippines, Rest of Asia

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

Millions of people in vulnerable areas, such as some parts of Asia, will have to deal with a worrying scenario of conflicts, food crises, flooding, droughts and huge economic losses caused by climate change by the end of the century, according to the leaked draft of a forthcoming international climate report. The latest report of the

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Scorcher Summers Predicted for Europe: Study

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

Agence France-Press: Europe is headed for scorching summers with temperatures well over 40 degrees Celsius (104 deg Fahrenheit) and droughts in the south within the next 40 years, climate scientists said Friday. Europe is expected to witness some of the most dramatic climatic changes due to global warming, according to research published in the journal Environmental

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Climate Change ‘Very Evident,’ So Let’s Deal With It

Feb 25th, 2014 | By
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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

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IPCC Accepts GWP of R1234yf Refrigerant is ‘Lower Than CO2’

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has confirmed that the automotive HFO refrigerant R1234yf has a GWP of less than 1.0, making it lower than CO2 The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has confirmed that the automotive HFO refrigerant R1234yf has a GWP of less than 1.0, making it lower than CO2. “The

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IPCC Report Finds Warming Unequivocal, Human Influence Dominant Cause

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

The past January 30th, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the full and finalized report of Working Group I’s contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.’ The report concludes that: warming of the climate system is unequivocal; human influence on the climate system has been

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IPCC Publishes Full Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, human influence on the climate system is clear, and limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. These are the key conclusions from an assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that is released today in its full and finalized form.

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Climate Scientist to US Senate: ‘Climate Change is a Clear and Present Danger’

Jan 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Last Thursday, the US Senate committee on environment & public works held a four-hour hearing to review President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The hearing began with statements from the committee members, and then proceeded with two expert panels. The first was comprised of administrators of government agencies that are key to implementing President Obama’s Climate Action Plan,

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UN Climate Report Urges Quicker Switch to Low-Carbon Global Economy

Jan 17th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with its worst effects, according to a draft report by UN experts. The final draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global warming will continue to increase unless countries shift quickly to clean

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Real-World Climate Science Forces IPCC & Other Climate-Doomsday Cult Alarmists To Face Reality

Jan 14th, 2014 | By

C3 Headlines: The 2013 climate reality has been a harsh mistress to those cult doomsday scientists and proponents who constantly embarrass themselves by denying the actual climate evidence. While this latest “global warming” PR nightmare exposes the absurdity of the doomsday cult science, the new IPCC climate report (‘AR5’) continues to promulgate the doomsday, anti-science scenarios for the news media.

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Climate Alarmists Trash IPCC Cold Spell Predictions

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Global warming alarmists are defying the “settled science” of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with alarmists now claiming global warming causes more frequent and severe cold spells. The alarmists’ claim – presented while the nation is being pummeled by historically cold weather – may give them short-term public relations exposure for their

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Tony Abbott’s Top Business Adviser Accuses IPCC of ‘Dishonesty and Deceit’

Dec 31st, 2013 | By

The Guardian: Tony Abbott’s top business adviser has accused the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of “dishonesty and deceit” as it focuses on “exploiting the masses and extracting more money” in a climate crusade. Maurice Newman, chairman of the prime minister’s new Business Advisory Council, used an interview with the Australian newspaper to launch a strongly worded attack on the

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Sea Level Likely to Rise by 0.45 to 0.82 mts in Late 21st Century

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Times News Network: The sea level is likely to rise in the range of 0.45 to 0.82 metre towards the late 21st century, as per projections for the highest emission scenario, defined as representative concentration pathways (RCP) 8.5. This has been stated in the synthesis report for policy makers (SPM) of the fifth assessment report (AR5) drawn up

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Dry Up Water Resources

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: A leaked final draft of the UN scientific panel on climate change report has warned of the risks that the world faces from climate change impacts if the greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed and countries do not adapt quickly enough. The report of the Working Group II of the UN Intergovernmental panel on

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