UN set to unveil landmark report as climate impacts multiply
Belgian climate physicist and former IPCC co-chair Jean-Pascal Ypersele, who was party to the negotiations, said the talks were guided by the underlying science.
“I can testify that the authors of the #ClimateReport had the last word on every sentence in the SPM, which really was a Summary FOR (and not BY) policymakers,” he said on Twitter.
The report comes less than three months before the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, which are seen as vital for humanity’s chance of limiting the worst impacts of global warming.
“This is going to be the starkest warning yet that human behavior is alarmingly accelerating global warming and this is why COP26 has to be the moment we get this right,” COP26 President Alok Sharma said over the weekend.
“We can’t afford to wait two years, five years, 10 years -– this is the moment,” he told a British newspaper.
French climatologist Corinne Le Quere congratulated the delegates on Friday for finalizing “the text of what I think will be one of the most important scientific reports ever published”.
There will be two further parts to the IPCC’s latest round of climate assessments, known as AR6.
A working group report on climate impacts, a draft of which was exclusively obtained by AFP, is set for release in February 2022.
Another report focusing on solutions for reducing emissions and adapting to climate change will be out the following month.
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