News Flash – The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report today, Friday, September 27.  Earlier this summer we commented on the science that underlies this lengthy report. 

Climate Action Network Canada points out that the report shows with greater certainty than ever that climate change is real, caused by human activity and requires urgent action. The report shows that it is certain that the earth is getting warmer, precipitation pattern are changing sea levels are rising, sea ice and glaciers are melting and oceans are acidifying, with serious consequences for our communities, environments and economies.

“The Science is very clear and the debate is over. Climate change is happening now, it’s getting worse and humans have caused the majority of it,” said Christian Holz, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada. “Climate scientists have done their job – again – in making this clear beyond any reasonable doubt and now the issue is in the hands of societies and their leaders to fix.”

“The science published since 2007 shows that several indicators of climate change are advancing faster than originally thought. Unfortunately, the response from our governments, Canada first in line, is not coming even close to slow down the problem, we need action and we need it now!” added Steven Guilbeault, Senior Director of Équiterre.

Critically, and for the first time in an IPCC publication, the report shows that limiting global warming to 2°C above preindustrial levels (the danger-threshold committed to by most governments including Steven Harper’s) requires decisive global reductions of greenhouse gas pollution and a phase-out of fossil fuels by mid-century. This means that most known reserves of oil, coal and gas must remain underground and governments around the world, including Canada, must urgently implement ambitious plans to reduce our greenhouse gas pollution.

“The good news is that renewable energy is taking off around the world. Now it is time for governments to start protecting their own citizens by accelerating this transition to green energy, rather than continuing to protect the interests of the fossil fuel industry,” said Keith Stewart, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada.

“The IPCC report shows more than ever that unfettered fossil fuel development leads the world toward climatic, economic and social chaos. Sustainable development leads to the opposite outcome. The only responsible option, in the face of the world, is to free ourselves as quickly as possible from dependence on fossil fuels and to aggressively reduce GHG emissions,” concluded Alain Brunel, Director of Climate and Energy, AQLPA.

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Christian Holz, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

613 618 4601 | cholz@climateactionnetwork.ca

Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac) is composed of over 90 member organizations from across the country and across many sectors of Canadian civil society, such as environmental, aboriginal, health, faith and labour organizations, working together to combat climate change, particularly by pressing for comprehensive climate change action plans by all levels of government, based on the best available science, with specific policies, targets, timetables and reporting.

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