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IPCC Synthesis Report provides common conclusion about the state of knowledge on climate change

During the past week, 350 delegates from 120 countries have gathered in Copenhagen, to go through and come to a common conclusion about the state of knowledge on climate change. The result was finalized as a synthesis report which states that the human influence on the climate system is clear and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. But the report also states that there is still time to limit climate change - if we act quickly.
Markku Rummukainen, Professor in Climatology, Lund University
Markku Rummukainen, Professor in Climatology, Lund University

During the past week the IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been gathered to go through and come to a common conclusion about the state of knowledge on climate change; what happens to the climate and what to expect in the future, depending on the emission size and adaptability.

On Sunday the 2nd of November, IPCC's synthesis report was made public. The report summarizes the last three Working Groups reports from 2013-2014. The synthesis report confirms that the human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. The report also shows that we have the ability to limit the climate change, but it requires substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and that we act quickly. This would, together with adaptation, limit the climate change risks. 

The report also shows that it is possible to limit the effects of climate change - but it requires that countries act promptly. IPCC stresses that it is possible to attain the internationally agreed target of keeping the global temperature increase to below two degrees, but it assumes that emissions are severely limited in the coming decades and to zero the year 2100.

Here you will find the IPCC synthesis report "Summary for policymakers", and here you'll find the longer report "Synthesis Report".

Lund University researchers contribute to the IPCC report

- It is possible to slow down the long term climate change but it requires rapid and comprehensive action to reduce the global greenhouse gas emissions. If we take action, we can still limit global warming to around two degrees. If we do nothing, we see increased global warming with severe changes as a result, says Markku Rummukainen. Markku Rummukainen is professor in climatology and deputy director of CEC, but also one of the main authors of the Working Group 1 report, The Physical Science Basis, within the fifth IPCC report on the climate from, AR5.

Lund University has two additional main authors of the AR5: Lennart Olsson, professor and one of the main authors of the report from Working Group 2: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and Luis Mundaca, lecturer and one of the main authors of the report from Working Group 3: Mitigation of Climate Change.

About the IPCC

The IPCC is the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. During the past week, delegates from the world's nations gathered in Copenhagen to finally accept the IPCC's report on climate change, AR5. The meeting led to a common conclusion about the state of knowledge on climate change. It's about how the climate is changing and how we can combat climate change and impacts. As a starting point, the delegates three reports on climate change by the IPCC published during 2013-2014. The three reports are  The Physical Science Basis, Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and Mitigation of Climate Change.

Read more here!

Read more about the synthesis report in an interview in Dagens Nyheter: "IPCC: Fortfarande möjligt att begränsa klimatförändringarna"

Hear an interview at P1: "Forskare: gedigen sammanfattning av klimatet"

Watch Markku Rummukainen in an video interview with Naturvårdsverket

Read the summary "Fönstret för tvågradersmålet på glänt, på väg att stängas" by Markku Rummukainen.

You will also find more summaries on climate and climate change here.

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