Stockholm September 23, 2013
The UN Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their report today in Stockholm.The fifth report during the past 25 years. It was presented today to officials from 110 governments for final review, reported by Associate Press Karl Ritter.
The conference which runs through Friday, September 27 will be a landmark event with the adoption of the report findings at the end of the IPCC conference.
Reuters reports that the strong message in the draft report presented today is that 95% of climate change can be attributed to man. The scientists report that unless extreme action is taken immediately more weather events will occur. The new report changes the 2007 estimates for sea level rise this century, which predicts an extra 26-81 cm towards 2001, a threat to coastlines.
The burning of fossil fuels which has dramatically increased each decade since the 1950's accounts for 95% of the climate changes of the planet. The panel will go through the document draft line by line and present viable actions plans. The 110 governments will commit to place the guide into action in working out a deal with the UN by 2015.
A hope that climate change was due to the natural occurrence of the planet has been dashed. Although there has been a hiatus in broad weather temperature shifts, the greenhouse gas emissions play the central role in global warming, reports the panel today. (Reuters)
Scientists are basically pleased with the progress of the panel but better communication is required to stress the human impact on climate change, reports Becky Oskin in Live Science.
"The scientific evidence of...climate change has strengthened year after year, leaving few uncertainties apart from the serious consequences," the panel's chairman Rajendra Pachauri said at the start of the gathering, as reported in the Times of India.
The UN IPCC won the Nobel prize for Peace in 2007.