IPCC presents climate change findings in Southeast Asia

Experts from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will outline the findings of their Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and how to limit and adapt to climate change at an IPCC outreach event in Bangkok on Tuesday 18 August. The AR5 found the world has the means to limit global warming and build a more prosperous, sustainable future, including through adaptation to the changing climate.

IPCC experts will address a media briefing at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 August at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, as part of the full-day outreach event.

“Continued high emissions will increase risks for Southeast Asia. Key issues range from coastal and river flooding, with the potential for widespread damage, to heat-related mortality, to water and food shortages following drought,” said Purnamita Dasgupta, a coordinating lead author of AR5 and one of the speakers at the event.

“A wide diversity of adaptation options can help reduce these risks while building vibrant communities and robust economies,” said Dr. Dasgupta, who is acting head of the Environmental Economics Unit at the University of Delhi’s Institute of Economic Growth.

Limiting climate change requires substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and although AR5 found a considerable increase in global action to curb greenhouse gases since the IPCC’s previous report, emissions are continuing to rise and more action is required.

Other speakers include IPCC Vice-Chairs Hoesung Lee (Republic of Korea) and Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (Belgium), IPCC Working Group I Vice-Chair Fredolin Tangang, IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair Youba Sokona, and IPCC authors Seree Supratid, Edvin Aldrian, Liyong Xie, Aromar Revi, Bundit Fungtammasan and Shobhakar Dhakal.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), will open the meeting.

“Climate change is perhaps the single greatest challenge confronting the Asia-Pacific region, and its more than 4 billion people. We must utilize the full potential of regional and South-South cooperation, as well as cutting-edge science, technology and innovation, to accelerate our progress and integrate efforts on climate with the new sustainable development goals,” said Dr. Akhtar.

The Bangkok meeting is part of a series of IPCC events around the world to explain the findings of AR5, as nations prepare to negotiate a new global agreement on climate change in Paris in December.