Feeds

IPCC's final report on climate change due tomorrow

Brace for impact

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The final part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 report is due to be published tomorrow. The IPCC scientists are expected to warn that the effects of climate change will be "abrupt and irreversible", according to reports.

The report is, as you might expect, a distillation of the IPCC's publications during 2007. It will also include material from the IPCC's various working groups that has not already been published.

"The science related to climate change is vast and complex, and the IPCC has worked with scientists around the world to collect, assess and process the body of solid and up-to-date scientific literature," the IPCC writes (pdf).

"The Synthesis Report... is the decisive effort to integrate and compact this wealth of information into a readable and concise document explicitly targeted to the policymakers."

The report is due to be published by UN boss Ban Ki Moon tomorrow morning, and is expected to be very strongly worded, as the panel hopes to persuade policymakers of the importance of action.

The report will undoubtedly attract criticism from those who believe the IPCC has become too politicised, and from those who do not find the worrisome predictions of the climate scientists convincing.

However, Royal Society president Martin Rees said the report would be a sobering reminder of how humanity has changed the planet. "This report must give extra impetus to next month's UN conference in Bali which must take constructive steps towards new international agreement, involving all nations, to tackle climate change," he added. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray
Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?