World Bank hosts IPCC report presentation

06/12/2014 - Dealing with climate change is an exercise of risk management, two leading authors of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports said at a major World Bank event in Washington D.C. last week. Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, co-chair of the IPCC working group on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability addressed about 600 people both in the room and online, together with Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, co-chair of the IPCC working group on climate change mitigation.
World Bank hosts IPCC report presentation
Ottmar Edenhofer presenting the IPCC findings on climate change mitigation at the Worldbank in Washington D.C. Photo: Worldbank


Climate change is evident in changes in water supplies as glaciers disappear, and even risks of conflict, said Field. “Now for slowing human-induced global warming, there is no single magic bullet – but it can be achieved,” Edenhofer said. It takes a mix of policies and technologies, he pointed out.

“The IPCC report makes it crystal clear that time is of the essence,” said World Bank Group Vice President Rachel Kyte. “The sooner we start to tackle the problem, the better our chance of fixing it and, importantly, lower the costs.” At the day of the event, the US Environmental Protection Agency released its plan to regulate emissions from power plants with a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005.


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