In September, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) published its Fifth Assessment Report giving
the clearest evidence yet of human-induced climate change. This
briefing summarises this report and offers some implications.
- On 27 September, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) published its fifth assessment report saying
that scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant
cause" of global warming since the 1950s.
- The report asserts that while there has been a pause in warming
over the last 15 years, all aspects of the ecosystem suggests
unequivocal global warming, and continued emissions of greenhouse
gases (GHGs) will cause further warming and changes in all aspects
of the climate. It concludes by arguing for "substantial and
sustained reductions of GHG emissions".
- Upcoming CII Thinkpiece: the CII will shortly be publishing a
Thinkpiece on this report by Professor Sir John Beddington, former
Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government. He will analyse this
report in more detail and offer specific implications for the
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