UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (Sep 2013)

Climate Change 2014

On 13 April 2014, the Working Group III of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Climate Change 2014 report titled "Mitigation of Climate change".  The report assesses the options for mitigating climate change and their underlying technological, economic and institutional requirements.  According to the report, global greenhouse-gas emissions have risen more rapidly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.  The report finds that the cheapest and least risky route to address global warming is to abandon all fossil fuels in the coming decades, particularly in the energy supply sector.  The IPCC calls for international coordination to address the challenges of climate change, for instance by setting up carbon-pricing institutions, promoting CO2 taxes and ramping up investment in renewable energy.

"Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change" 
Working Group III, IPCC, 15 Apr 2014
link to report  

Below is a coverage of statements by governments and NGOs, and media articles: 
 
Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise, warns UN agency, UN News Center, 11 Apr 2014
excerpt: "From farming to forestry and fisheries, agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050, according to new estimates out today from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)."

Shell, Unilever Seek 1 Trillion-Ton Limit on CO2 Output, Alex Morales, Bloomberg, 7 Apr 2014
excerpt: "Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Unilever NV (UNA) joined 68 other companies in urging world governments to cap cumulative carbon emissions since the industrial revolution to 1 trillion metric tons to contain rising temperatures...Today’s communique is the seventh by Prince Charles’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change..."
Website: "The Trillion Tonne Communique"

"In Signing Climate Statement, Shell Charts Different Course on Global Warming", Andrew Freedman, Mashable, 12 April
excerpt: "Faced with ominous scientific warnings on global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, two energy giants — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell — have sent diametrically opposing signals in recent weeks. Exxon, for its part, told its shareholders on March 30 that the company does not think that policies to address manmade global warming constitute a risk to the company’s profitability, because global policy makers are not going to enact strict emissions limits before 2040."

Faced with ominous scientific warnings on global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, two energy giants — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell — have sent diametrically opposing signals in recent weeks.
Exxon, for its part, told its shareholders on March 30 that the company does not think that policies to address manmade global warming constitute a risk to the company’s profitability, because global policy makers are not going to enact strict emissions limits before 2040.
Instead, the company plans to exploit all of its remaining oil and gas reserves, as well as new discoveries, through 2040.
Faced with ominous scientific warnings on global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, two energy giants — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell — have sent diametrically opposing signals in recent weeks.
Exxon, for its part, told its shareholders on March 30 that the company does not think that policies to address manmade global warming constitute a risk to the company’s profitability, because global policy makers are not going to enact strict emissions limits before 2040. 

Climate report shows job growth linkage with climate action
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 14 Apr 2014

IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable
Guardian (UK), 13 Apr 2014
excerpt: "The cheapest and least risky route to dealing with global warming is to abandon all dirty fossil fuels in coming decades, the report found. Gas – including that from the global fracking boom – could be important during the transition, [economist Professor Ottmar Edenhofer of the IPCC] said, but only if it replaced coal burning."

U.N. Climate Change Report Says Worst Scenarios Can Still Be Avoided
Wall Street Journal, 13 Apr 2014

Leaked climate change report: Scientific body warns of 'devastating rise of 4-5C if we carry on as we are'
Independent (UK), 13 Apr 2014

Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid style boycott of fossil fuel industry
Guardian (UK), 10 Apr 2014

 
On 12 April 2014, the IPCC Working Group II released its report, titled "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability".  The report details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.  The report identifies vulnerable people, industries, and ecosystems around the world.  It finds that risk from a changing climate comes from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way) overlapping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends).  The report concludes that responding to climate change involves making choices about risks as each of these three components can be a target for smart actions to decrease risk.

"Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability"
Working Group II, IPCC, 31 Mar 2014
[PDF] press release
video
link to report   

Climate Change 2013

On 30 September 2013, the IPCC Working Group I released a report on the current state of scientific knowledge about climate change.  The report is the result of more than five years of work by hundreds of scientists from around the world.  It strengthens the scientific consensus that climate is changing and that the primary cause is emission of heat-trapping substances by human activities.  Environmental and development NGOs, with the International Trade Union Confederation, made a unified call to governments to introduce strong climate pollution controls as well as measures on renewable energy. 

[PDF] Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
Working Group I, IPCC, 30 Sep 2013

Below is a coverage of statements by governments and NGOs, and media articles:

What does the IPCC report mean for business and investors?
Guardian, 27 Sep 2013
With comments by representatives of: Carbon Disclosure Project, Ceres, HSBC, Norton Rose Fulbright, Solarcentury, VF Corp

IPCC report set to stir businesses into climate action
Business Green, 29 Sep 2013 (subscription only) 

Human influence on climate change a ‘clarion call’ to global community
Irish Times, 28 Sep 2013

IPCC report is 'full of hocus pocus science', claim sceptics
Telegraph, 27 Sep 2013

Why Microsoft, eBay (And 650 Other Businesses) Are Calling for U.S. Climate Action
Mindy Lubber (Ceres) on Forbes, 27 Sep 2013

Global warming: why is IPCC report so certain about the influence of humans?
Guardian (UK), 27 Sep 2013

Humans almost certainly cause global warming, scientific panel says
Washington Post, 27 Sep 2013

IPCC report: Scientists are 95% certain humans are responsible for climate change
Independent (UK), 27 Sep 2013

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Approves Physical Science Report
Office of Science and Technology (USA), 27 Sep 2013

IPCC Confirms Energy Transformation Must Start Now
WWF, ITUC, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam, ActionAid, Christian Aid & Greenpeace, 27 Sep 2013

Mary Robinson: Climate, human rights key to new development goals
Guardian (UK), 26 Sep 2013

Business looks to UN report for clarity on climate risks
Reuters, 26 Sep 2013

Quelques corrections au rapport climatique du Giec
Libération (France), 12 Nov 2013