This latest IPCC report has been compiled by eight hundred scientists on a voluntary basis and brings together the most comprehensive and authoritative scientific assessment of the fundamental science of climate change.
"This Climate Council summary", says Professor Will Steffen, Climate Councillor, "provides a brief run down of the main findings of the IPCC report and dispels two of the myths that have been circulating in the media in the lead up to its release".
- Our understanding of the climate system has only continued to strengthen in the last six years. Ocean and air temperature are rising, mass from glaciers and ice sheets is being lost, and sea level is rising.
- Scientists are more certain than ever that increasing global temperatures since 1950 have been caused primarily by human activities.
- A warming climate is increasing the frequency and severity of many extreme weather events and is changing rainfall patterns, creating risks for human well-being, the economy and the environment.
- Stabilising the climate system will require substantial and sustained reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We will have to decarbonise the economy.
To download the full report go to www.ipcc.ch