Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change: Sixth Assessment Report:
The Geneva-based Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first part of its Sixth Assessment Report, the periodic status check that has now become the most widely accepted scientific view of the state of the Earth’s climate.
- This part of the report will present the latest scientific understanding of the climate system, how and why is it changing, and the impact of human activities on this process.
- The second and third parts of the report, dealing with the expected impacts of climate change, and the actions required to prevent the worst impacts, are slated to come out next year.
- The five previous assessment reports that have come out since the IPCC was established in 1988 have formed the basis of international climate change negotiations.
- The fourth assessment report, which came out in 2007, won the IPCC the Nobel Peace Prize.
- The Sixth Assessment Report will put much more emphasis on regional assessment.
- In the last few years, there has been significant advancement in attribution science, allowing scientists to say whether a particular event was a result of climate change. Attribution science is likely to get important space in the report.
- The Sixth Assessment Report is expected to present specific scenarios the climate change impacts on cities and large urban populations, and also implications for key infrastructure.