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IPCC WGII report analyzes future impacts of climate change

10 April 2007

Working Group II (WGII) of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its contribution to the newest assessment of climate change science—the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) “Climate Change 2007”. This second part of the report, titled “Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”, focuses on current scientific understanding of impacts of climate change on natural, managed and human systems, the capacity of these systems to adapt and their vulnerability.

Projections have been made on future impacts of climate change in the following areas:

The report also includes future climate change impact projections on a regional basis, for the continents and for small islands, the latter believed to be particularly vulnerable.

The first part of the Climate Change 2007 assessment, “The Physical Science Basis”, was released in February 2007. Third and final part of the report, discussing mitigation of climate change, will be released in May.

Source: IPCC (WGII Summary for Policymakers)