Environment Counts | IPCC releases final report on Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Summary for Policy Makers :
On March 31, 2014 the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the final version of its Assessment Review 5 (AR5) report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability – Summary for Policy Makers.
The report covers a broad range of topics on climate change. It includes high level summaries of the earlier report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, related evidence for assessing climate change and assessments of areas of potential interest to policy makers working on impacts of climate change. In addressing the perceived needs of environmental policy makers the report includes considerable material forecasting future climate change, assessment of future risks and indications of possible policies and actions to impact and ameliorate future climate change.
Areas covered include :
Assessing and managing the risks of climate change
- Observed impact, vulnerability, and exposure
- Adaptation experience
- The decision -making context
Future risks and opportunities for adaptation
- Key risks across sectors and regions
- Sectoral risks and potential for adaptation
- Regional key risks and potential for adaptation
Managing future risks and building resilience
- Principles for effective adaptation
- Climate-resilient pathways and transformation
Given the forecasting and prospective modelling underlying much of this report it is not covered beyond this entry by EnvironmentCounts.org. The companion IPCC AR5 report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis is, however, the subject of a series of articles elsewhere on this site.