This week the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will publish its fifth scientific report on the magnitude, timing and potential environmental and socio-economic impact of climate change and realistic response strategies. The upcoming meeting in Stockholm Sweden on Monday has had releases from the various online news sources Sunday, September 21.
The Observer published its article on Sunday, also with a statement by climate change expert, Lord Stern ahead of the IPPC report to be released Monday. Lord Stern calls on government to “stop dithering about fossil fuels” and start creating a low carbon society. He also asks governments to decide what type of world “we want to present to your children and grandchildren?”
The fear of the IPCC is that temperatures will rise more than 2C compared to pre-industrial levels. Such a rise will release greenhouse gas methane from the thawing Arctic tundra. Pilitia Clark released an article in Financial Times September 18 as a prelude to the IPCC report about the outlook for the Arctic’s summer sea.
A final draft of the IPCC report states that: “A nearly ice-free Arctic Ocean in September before mid-century is likely.” This worries scientists that the Arctic permafrost releases vast plumes of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and drives significant climate change according to the IPCC.
IPCC spokesman Jonathon Lynn said it could be misleading “to draw conclusions from it at this stage.” Some of the aspects of the draft may change during the week ahead with meeting in Stockholm this week, but the central findings are not expected to be altered.
Four years of work by hundreds of experts who have volunteered their time and expertise will culminate in Stockholm this week. Hopefully, leaders will listen to the message of the report and act for the future of the planet.