By Malee Oot April 5, 2014
The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a bleak picture of the impact global warming will continue to have on humankind. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, was released Monday after a final approval session in Yokohama, Japan.
The new report is by far the most damning publication put forward by the IPCC to date. And even more alarming, this latest assessment report is also the most accurate. The three-year cumulative effort of more than 309 lead authors, 436 additional contributing authors, and 1,729 expert government reviewers, the level of scientific detail in this report is staggering, in large part due to the exponential increase in the availability of scientific literature on global warming since the release of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment report in 2007.
Many of the findings in the report are hardly shocking or unexpected. In short, global climate change is hitting us where it hurts, crippling the ecological systems vital to sustaining life on earth.
“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” said IPCC chairman Dr. Rajendra Pachauri at the outset of Monday’s press conference coinciding with the release of the fifth assessment report.