Climate change report

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Climate change report

IPCC Report:
A changing climate creates pervasive risks but opportunities exist
for effective responses

Responses will face challenges with high warming of the climate

YOKOHAMA, Japan, 31 March – 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 be
difficult to manage with high levels of warming.

The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group
II of the IPCC, details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing
climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. A total of 309 coordinating lead
authors, lead authors, and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the
report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and
government reviewers.

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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, though climate
change will also continue to produce surprises. 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.

“We live in an era of man-made climate change,” said Vicente Barros, Co-Chair of Working Group II.
“In many cases, we are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face. Investments
in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.”

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