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Tuesday, April 3, 2012


The final full version of the IPCC's Special Report on Extremes (known more formally as Special Report: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation) was released last week. The IPCC's special reports never seen to get as much attention as the assessment reports, despite the fact that SREX (with the exception of mitigation issues) encompasses much of what is of interest to policy-makers: climate extremes, vulnerability, adaptation, risk management, and the various associated uncertainties. Furthermore, SREX integrates material on climate science, impacts, and adaptation (i.e., Working Groups I and II) and thus reflects a level of collaboration between these communities that often fails to occur during the more traditional (and now seemingly entrenched) structure for the assessment reports. The neglect of mitigation in the SREX is therefore a missed opportunity, as I'm sure there's a policy-maker or two out there who would be interested to know, say, what's the effect of different mitigation futures on the future frequency and intensity of extreme events and the subsequent implications for adaptation demand. In any case, with the AR5 rolling out over the next couple of years (2013-2014), there's plenty more to come.

*SREX Summary for Policymakers [here]
*SREX Full report [here]

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