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Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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This Summary for Policymakers (SPM) presents key findings of the Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)1 on the physical science basis of climate change. The report builds upon the 2013 Working Group I contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and the 2018–2019 IPCC Special Reports2 of the AR6 cycle and incorporates subsequent new evidence from climate science3.

This SPM provides a high-level summary of the understanding of the current state of the climate, including how it is changing and the role of human influence, the state of knowledge about possible climate futures, climate information relevant to regions and sectors, and limiting human-induced climate change.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)ipcc.ch – is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. It has 195 member states.

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The final sentence of new IPCC report: “The scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human well-being and the health of the planet. Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future.”

It’s okay to be overwhelmed by the scope of this report. There’s 34,000 scientific studies’ worth of information presented in it, and you don’t need to know all of it. Think of it like a climate almanac: look up the parts you care about, not just today but any time you’re curious

We need to treat the #IPCCReport science as an explosive device that needs immediate disabling, instead of viewing it as a guide map from which we can deviate or against which we can adjust our speed. We simply can’t.


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