Climate Science, Impacts, Mitigation, Adaptation (Overview)

 

The Climate Education topic features the comprehensive IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change) reports. The IPCC reports summarize mostly published peer-reviewed research (especially the Science Volume). The reports can be downloaded free. The most recent AR5 (2013-2014) IPCC reports are:

There is also a Synthesis Report.

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The AR6 reports are now being planned.

At its 41st Session in February 2015, the IPCC decided to produce a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). At its 43rd Session in April 2016, it decided to produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and AR6. 
 
The first of these special reports, to be finalized in October 2018, is Global Warming of 1.5ºC, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty
 
The Methodology Report, entitled 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, will be delivered in May 2019. 
 
In September 2019 the IPCC will also finalize two Special Reports: the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems
 
The IPCC approved the outlines of AR6 in early September 2017. The three working contributions will be released in 2021 and the Synthesis Report in April 2022 in time for the first global stocktake in 2023 by the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when countries will review progress under the Paris Agreement towards their goal of keeping global warming to well below 2°C while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. 

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Other Educational Resources on the Climate Portal

  • HERE is information about online climate COURSES.

  • HERE are climate VIDEOS.

  • HERE are climate REPORTS from sources other than the IPCC.

  • HERE are links to some significant climate PAPERS.

  • HERE are TEACHER resources for teaching climate (plus the KIDS CORNER).

  • HERE are climate DATA references, sources and graphs

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NOBEL PRIZE FOR THE IPCC AND AL GORE

Oslo, 10 December 2007
 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".

 

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What is the IPCC?

The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.

 The IPCC is a scientific body. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information. Differing viewpoints existing within the scientific community are reflected in the IPCC reports.

Here is IPCC Supporting Material. Supporting material consists of published reports and proceedings from workshops and expert meetings within the scope of IPCC work programme that have IPCC recognition and material commissioned by Working Groups in support of IPCC assessment process which IPCC decides should have wide dissemination. Supporting material is prepared for consideration by the IPCC and has not been subject to the formal IPCC review process.

HERE is a graphic showing the IPCC process:

Click here or here for more details on the IPCC.

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2013-2014 IPCC Reports (click links for download free)

       
Science

Impacts/Adaptation/Vulnerability

Mitigation Synthesis
 

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Archive - 2007 IPCC Reports

For the 2007 reports, over 2500 scientific expert reviewers, 800 contributing authors, and 450 lead authors produced the approximately 3,000 pages of these reports. 

The bogus controversy manufactured by right-wing climate-science-denier media over an isolated erroneous paragraph on glaciers in the second "Impacts" 1000-page 2007 IPCC report, as well as the hacked emails, are treated in links given at the end of the "Contrarians" essay; CLICK HERE.

Two IPCC statements were issued: The role of the IPCC and key elements of the IPCC assessment process and Statement on IPCC principles and procedures.

       
Science

Impacts/Adaptation/Vulnerability

Mitigation Synthesis

 

The copyright rules for the IPCC on posting report excerpts, figures, and links are here.

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last edit 25Sep2017

 

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