IPCC: Climate Change Impacts Severe, Mitigation Still Possible

The 5th report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released late last month, has projected as much as 8 degrees Fahrenheit of global temperature increase and more than two feet of sea level rise by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions are not dramatically reduced.

 

The panel – a United Nations-backed group of senior climate scientists – was formed in 1998 to provide scientific assessments on the risk of anthropogenic climate change.

 

The report said, however, that there is still time to act on climate change mitigation and “the magnitudes of the projected changes are substantially affected by the choice of emissions scenario.”

 

The low end of the estimated global temperature increase was 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. With significant emissions reductions, the panel estimated that sea level rise could be limited to 10 inches of worldwide sea level rise.

 

"Last week’s IPCC report continues to underscore the threat posed by climate change," said Andy Whitman, director of Manomet's Natural Capital Initiative. "It highlights the vital importance of Manomet’s efforts to prepare for climate change across the region."

 

Read the IPCC Summary for Policymakers here: http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/uploads/WGIAR5-SPM_Approved27Sep2013.pdf

 

Read the final draft report from the full IPCC Working Group here: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/#.UmFH3CRVvgw

 

Read about Manomet’s three-year Climate Change Adaptation Project here: https://www.manomet.org/program/climate-change/climate-change-adaptation-project

 

Read about Manomet’s study, released today, about climate change impact on Maine species: https://www.manomet.org/sites/default/files/publications_and_tools/2013%20BwH%20Vulnerability%20Report%20CS5v5.pdf

 

- Dave McGlinchey