The world’s scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change are set to finalise the first instalment of its sixth Assessment Report. The report will contain updates on the established science concerning greenhouse gas emissions and projections for future warming and its impacts.

The report is set to be released on August 9 in a two-week meeting. It will focus on extreme weather and its regional impacts. The report will be used as a guide for governments in making policies regarding the environment, greenhouse gas emissions, infrastructure and public services.

With the natural disasters happening on all four corners of the world at the same time, scientists believe that climate modelling has been underestimating “the potential for the dramatic rise in persistent weather extremes”, said climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University.

“It’s not so much that climate change itself is proceeding faster than expected. The warming is right in line with model predictions from decades ago,” he said. “Rather, it’s the fact that some of the impacts are greater than scientists predicted.”

“Global warming was well projected, but now you see it with your own eyes,” climate scientist Corinne Le Quere of the University of East Anglia said.

Recently, deadly flooding hit central China and Europe, Canada had to face temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius, Finland and Ireland also experienced a series of heatwaves, and wildfires attacked the Siberian tundra, parts of the US and parts of Brazil.

University of East Anglia

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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. There is evidence of teaching as early as 1096, (wikipedia)

Oxford Brookes University

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California University of Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania State University

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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University of Pennsylvania

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Effects of climate change

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Climate change

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