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UN climate change assessment report: analysis and implications

CII Briefing

Publication date:

06 November 2013

Last updated:

22 September 2017

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 insurance industry.

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