IPCC releases summary for policy makers on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, accepts full final draft of second installment of AR5. [General Commentary]

March 31, 2014 6:45 pm0 comments

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY THE CCNF SCIENTIST COMMUNITY

The long-awaited climate change impacts summary for policy makers (SPM) was released to the public today after gaining an official approval by the IPCC.  The final draft of the full report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, was formally accepted by the IPCC and is available here.

IPCC Volume II, Climate Change 2014, Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulberability, COVER

From the IPCC’s press release on the report:

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).

Here is a video, produced by the IPCC for the general public, with some of the scientist authors explaining their findings on observed climate impacts, current and future vulnerabilities, and the risks associated with the further warming and ocean acidification expected by scientists.

According to the IPCC, the lead authors, coordinating lead authors, and review editors of the report — known as Working Group 2 — comprised 309 scientists from 70 countries, and these scientists apparently enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors and a total of 1,729 expert and government reviewers and finalized their  report after reviewing 50,492 comments from the participants. None of the scientists are paid by the IPCC, though I would assume that many of the scientists devoting hundreds or thousands of hours of work on the report are at least partially compensated or granted paid leave by the universities or national labs that employ them.

Given the fact that the ink is still wet on the IPCC-approved SPM and on the official find draft of the scientists’ full report, I ask that our readers be a little patient as various scientists in the CCNF Scientist Community find the time to read and digest different parts of the very extensive and highly technical report.

-MQ

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