Definition of IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a forum of the world's leading global warming experts, was convened by the United Nations in 1988 to draw up a report summarising climate science. [1]

 

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The hundreds of scientists who contributed to the IPCC report on climate change, released in September 2013, still believed that human activities were significantly affecting global climate. Indeed, their confidence in this conclusion had risen from 90 per cent in 2007 to 95 per cent – strengthened by thousands of new studies.

The report said that rising global temperatures, melting Arctic ice and rising sea levels, had become more serious over the past decade.

The IPCC predicted a rise of between 26cm and 98cm in the sea level by the end of the century, depending how much greenhouse gas is added to the atmosphere. If large portions of the Antarctic ice sheet collapsed, there would be a more damaging rise but this was judged not to be likely before 2100.

As the report was partly written for policy makers and provided them with the scientific basis for action to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases but did not go into political and economic issues.

Scientists hoped their reports would influence international negotiations and would lead to a strong global agreement at the next climate summit scheduled for 2015 in Paris. [2]

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