New UN Science Report: Climate Change Happening Even Faster Than Previously Expected
The Climate Change Science Compendium 2009, released today by The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), warns that the pace and extent of climate change may exceed even the most sobering expectations voiced by the scientific experts of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change(IPCC) in their 2007 Fourth Assessment Report.
The Compendium, compiled in collaboration with scientists around the world, offers sobering findings that underscore the need to Seal the Deal less than three months from now in the Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Compendium also comes just as the Group of 20 (G20) leaders are gathering for a two-day summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hosted by U.S. President Barak Obama, where climate change is expected to figure prominently on the agenda. The Compendium is based on the findings of more than 400 major peer-reviewed scientific studies and research institutions over the last three years. The Compendium divides the research findings and into five categories: Earth Systems, Ice, Oceans, Ecosystems and Management, with key developments in each category that confirm or exceed the gravest predictions of the 2007 IPCC report.
In a foreword to the document, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who hosted heads of state in New York this week, writes, “This Climate Change Science Compendium is a wake-up call. The time for hesitation is over.”
“We need the world to realize, once and for all, that the time to act is now and we must work together to address this monumental challenge. This is the moral challenge of our generation.”
You can download the full UNEP Climate Change Science Compendium 2009 here
To see an overview of the key developments in each category, please go to UNEP’s Website