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IPCC Issues Second Report in Series on Climate Change

After days of debate between scientists and government officials, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the second part of its Four Assessment Report series, titled Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

The series of comprehensive assessment reports to be completed by the end of 2007 examines the devastating effects of global climate change. This newest report issued on Friday, April 6th, warns of widespread food shortages and starvation for humans and other animal species if steps are not taken immediately to combat the looming problem. In an interview with the BBC, IPCC Working Group II Co-Chairman Dr. Martin Parry said that the areas hit hardest will be: “The arctic, where temperatures are rising fast and ice is melting; sub-Saharan Africa, where dry areas are forecast to get dryer; small islands, because of their inherent lack of capacity to adapt, and Asian mega-deltas, where billions of people will be at increased risk of flooding.” The report looked mostly at the impacts of climate change rather than the solutions. A later report will suggest ways to combat climate change such as carbon cap and trade systems, far more stringent energy efficiency and conservation, and rapid development of renewable energy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socioeconomic information relevant to the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.