The report demonstrates that “we have the means to limit climate change,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, in a statement. “The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.”
The synthesis report wraps together highlights from the three earlier reports, on:
- climate science, released in September 2013;
- potential climate impacts, and ways to adapt and reduced vulnerability, released in March 2014; and
- strategies to mitigate climate impacts, released in April 2014.
Although the new report’s “core findings aren’t new, [it] makes them clearer than ever, and they are worth underscoring,” said Bob Perciasepe, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, in a statement. “The core message from the IPCC is the growing urgency of action… The scientists have done their job. Now it’s up to governments to do theirs.”
In particular, advocates for government action on climate change are focusing on a new round of international negotiations on some kind global climate pact. In December, nations meet in Peru to talk over some options, with the goal of arriving at a final agreement at a meeting in Paris in December 2015. It’s unclear, however, whether the new IPCC report can help overcome the political and economic obstacles that have blocked major movement of reducing emissions.
From Science Mag