Friday, March 30, 2012

IPCC releases full report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ("IPCC") released their Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation ("SREX") earlier this week.
“The main message from the report is that we know enough to make good decisions about managing the risks of climate-related disasters. Sometimes we take advantage of this knowledge, but many times we do not,” said Chris Field, Co-Chair of IPCC’s Working Group II, which together with Working Group I produced the report. “The challenge for the future has one dimension focused on improving the knowledge base and one on empowering good decisions, even for those situations where there is lots of uncertainty,” he said.

Some important conclusions delivered by the SREX include:
  • Medium confidence in an observed increase in the length or number of warm spells or heat waves in many regions of the globe;
  • Likely increase in frequency of heavy precipitation events or increase in proportion of total rainfall from heavy falls over many areas of the globe, in particular in the high latitudes and tropical regions, and in winter in the northern mid-latitudes; and
  • Medium confidence in projected increase in duration and intensity of droughts in some regions of the world, including southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, central Europe, central North America, Central America and Mexico, northeast Brazil, and southern Africa.
The full 592 page SREX report is available here:

Source: IPCC Press Release

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