Ohio Environmental Council, September 27, 2013
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first part of a massive report today called the Fifth Assessment Report (or AR5), summarizing the global scientific community’s assessment of the impacts of climate change.
While the final draft of the report will be released on September 30 and the full report released early next year, the findings released today affirm, once again, consensus in the scientific community that global warming is happening and caused by human activity.
According to the IPCC, a total of 209 Lead Authors and 50 Review Editors from 39 countries and more than 600 Contributing Authors from 32 countries contributed to the preparation of WGI AR5.
Key findings of the report:
“Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime,” states David R. Celebrezze, Director of Air & Water Special Projects. “If we are to stave off the most damaging impacts, we need quick action in mitigating the cause of climate change and preparing for adaptation.”
According to the AR5, ninety-seven percent of scientists agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity.
Increased climate change means more significant health problems, more prevalence of diseases, drought, wildfires, disruption to water supplies and systems, and national security threats.
“Our state officials need to get off the fence and start taking meaningful action to protect the health of our communities,” continues Celebrezze. “Climate change doesn’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican, urban or rural. The impacts are going to be felt throughout our state.”
Public health implications of a warmer climate:
Those most at risk include: