IPCC report and interactive (and what is the IPCC?)
From BBC News - In its own words, the IPCC is there "to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts". The offspring of two UN bodies, the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme, it has issued four heavyweight assessment reports to date on the state of the climate (how climate is changing, what impacts that will have, and how nations can mitigate the problem). These are commissioned by the governments of 195 countries, essentially the entire world. These reports are critical in informing the climate policies adopted by these governments. The IPCC itself is a small organization, run from Geneva with a full time staff of 12. The international body of hundreds of scientists and policy experts who are involved with it do so on a voluntary basis.
The latest United Nations climate change report published Friday concludes that it is "extremely likely" that human activity accounts for at least half of the global warming that has been observed since the 1950s.
- IPCC Summary Report - Summary for Policymakers (with figures)
- IPCC Full Report
- IPCC 2-page Highlight
- Article - IPCC report underlines the need for climate action, by Michael Mann and Dana Nuccitelli
- Blog post - The new IPCC climate report, from Real Climate
- Blog post - Some Background Reading To Better Understand The 5th IPCC Report, by Dan Satterfield (blogger for the American Geophysical Union)
- Blog post - The Real Uncertainties In Climate Change, by Dan Satterfield (blogger for the American Geophysical Union)
The journal Nature has an entire online section devoted to the IPCC report
Climate change: how hot will it get in my lifetime? - interactive (The Guardian)
The UN is to publish the most exhaustive examination of climate change science to date, predicting dangerous temperature rises. How hot will it get in your lifetime? Find out with this interactive guide, which shows projections based on the report.