The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group I contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report was approved, and the full report accepted, by the IPCC on 27 September 2013. The visualization of climate change science data in this post effectively depicts its most salient details. (Editor: Rolly Montpeller-BoomerWarrior).
Visualization of Climate Change Science Data
The climate change science data visualization in the following video summarizes and visualizes some of the most significant statements and facts in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent Fifth Assessment Report, (Working Group I summary for policymakers, the Physical Science Basis).
Our planet is vast. It is difficult to comprehend the scale. It is difficult too to comprehend the scale of humanity and the vast changes we’ve wrought in a lifetime.
Population, production and consumption have grown exponentially. Roads, railways, airlines, shipping routes. The digital revolution. We’ve created a globally interconnected society. Evidence is mounting we’ve entered the Anthropocene.
Humanity is altering Earth’s life support system. Carbon dioxide emissions are accelerating. Greenhouse gas levels are unprecedented in human history. The climate system is changing rapidly.
We burn about 10 billion tonnes of carbon a year. At current rates we will use this budget in about 25 years.
Climate Change – the state of the science data
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Owen Gaffney and Félix Pharand-Deschênes
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assesses the risks and options for societies.
Its latest report states it is extremely likely humans are the dominant cause of warming in the past 60 years.
Without deep emissions cuts, it is likely Earth will cross the target of two degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The target set by international policy. This could happen as early as 2050.
If emissions keep rising at current rates, a four-degree rise by 2100 is as likely as not. This marks a vast transformation of our planet.
It is very likely heatwaves will occur more often and last longer.
The Arctic will warm faster than the global average. It is likely sea ice will all but vanish in summer within decades if high emissions continue. It is very likely sea-level rise will accelerate. Cities and coastal areas are vulnerable.
In general, wet regions are set to get wetter, dry regions drier. Monsoons are likely to become longer, their footprint likely to grow and downpours likely to intensify.
The acidity of the ocean has increased 26% since the start of the industrial revolution.
The full consequences of all these changes on the Earth system are unknown.
Humanity’s carbon footprint is huge. Societies will need to adapt to climate change. The scale of change depends on decisions made now.
Can we remain below two degrees? It is possible. But it is up to societies now to decide the future we want. For a likely chance of achieving the two-degree target, societies can emit another 250 billion tonnes of carbon.
Next Reports from the IPCC
The Working Group II (WGII) contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability will be considered in Yokohama, Japan, on 25-29 March 2014.
Vulnerability and Exposure of Human and Natural Systems – The Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world. The Summary for Policymakers will be released on 31 March 2014. Press Release.
Mitigation of Climate Change – The Working Group III (WGIII) contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report on mitigation of climate change) will be considered in Berlin, Germany, on 7-11 April 2014.
Synthesis Report – The Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth Assessment Report will be considered in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27-31 October.
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