Latest IPCC findings a clarion call for global action to combat climate change

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Christiana Figueres

The findings of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are a clarion call for the global community to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and steer humanity out of the danger zone, according to the Executive of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres.

On Friday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first instalment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), on the science of climate change.

Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said “The report shows that there is more clarity about human-generated climate change than ever before. We know that the total effort to limit warming does not add up to what is needed to bend the emissions curve."

She explained that "To steer humanity out of the high danger zone, governments must step up immediate climate action and craft an agreement in 2015 that helps to scale up and speed up the global response”.

Climate experts have singled out human influence as the most likely dominant cause of global warming, saying its assessment of scientific evidence finds that the atmosphere and the ocean have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, sea level has risen and concentrations of greenhouse gasses have increased.

Executive Secretary Figueres said “As the results from the latest and best available science become clearer, the challenge becomes more daunting, but simultaneously the solutions become more apparent.”

Governments meeting for the next round of UN climate change negotiations in Warsaw from 11 to 22 November will consider the IPCC findings.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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