Climate Conferences

COP 28 Climate Conference in Dubai UAE

(November 30 to December 12, 2023)

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IPCC Final Climate Change Report

(March 2023)

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The scientific body that advises the UN on rising temperatures - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - summarizes its six key pieces of research completed over the past five years.  Briefly the report states that the world will soon burn through its “carbon budget” and may surpass the key threshold of 1.5C of warming by 2030. Scientists say the severity of climate events - droughts, floods, deadly storms - increases dangerously after 1.5C of warming. And the world could warm by 3.2C this century unless nations lift their game. That level of warming would leave much of the planet inhospitable to plant, animal, and human life.

In a nutshell, the report state:

The world is likely to hit what scientists consider relatively safe levels of warming — 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial temperatures — by the early 2030s, the report warned. Countries could still take steps to prevent that, by slashing greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and no longer adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by the 2050s. But the required measures are so extreme that they seem increasingly unlikely, many experts say.

Continued warming will mean more catastrophic flooding, deadly heat waves, crop-destroying droughts and other extreme weather. Some of those effects are already visible. Last year, record-breaking heat waves hit much of the world, including the U.S. and Europe, and floods submerged a third of Pakistan.

In the past, climate reports warned that warming could surpass four degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100. Today, the Earth is on a trajectory of around two to three degrees Celsius (3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit), thanks to the uptake of cleaner energy and to projections that coal use will decline. That difference of a few degrees can, like a fever, prevent more catastrophic events. And pivoting away from fossil fuels is the fastest way to stop global warming.

Despite some progress, the world is still on track to face devastating outcomes from climate change. To prevent the worst, scientists are calling for a massive effort that will require the world’s most powerful and richest countries to work together.

**Source: The New York Times Mar 21 2023

The Full Report and other Articles

COP 27 Climate Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

(November 6-20, 2022)

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COP 26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, UK

(October 30-November 12, 2021)

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6th Intergovernmental Panel Report on Climate Change (IPCC): The Physical Science Basis

 (February 2022)

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What the IPCC Report on Climate Change: The Physical Science Basis Means for the World's Climate Ambition

What Does This Report Tell Us?

This report shows that climate change impacts are rapidly getting more severe worldwide. Extreme weather-related events like heat waves, droughts, flooding and wildfires are already harming people, ecosystems, community safety, food security, infrastructure and the economy and it’s worsening.

Communities around the world are ill-prepared for the level of climate disruption that is already upon us. Adaptation plans are inadequately funded which is leaving our most vulnerable communities at risk.

Vulnerability to the impacts of climate change varies widely around the world and in different segments of society. Those suffering the worst impacts have contributed least to the crisis.

The Report

The thirteen chapters of the Working Group I report provide an assessment of the current evidence on the physical science of climate change, knowledge evaluation gained from observations, reanalyses, paleoclimate archives and climate model simulations, as well as physical, chemical and biological climate processes. (1300 pages?)

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6th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report

 (August 2021)

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, eight years in the making, released 9 August 2021, has found that human activity is “unequivocally” the cause of rapid changes to the climate, including sea level rises, melting polar ice and glaciers, heatwaves, floods and droughts. Learn about the the current climate situation and projections for the future.

Some Articles That Explain the IPCC