Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the most authoritative international source on the causes and potential consequences of climate change. It was established in 1988, and its members are the governments who are also members of the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Metrological Organization.
The IPCC produces special reports and assessment reports by experts in its member countries, who review the existing evidence and research. The IPCC First Assessment Report was published in 1990, and its Sixth Assessment Report is being published in four volumes between 2021 and 2022. Most IPCC reports include a Summary of Policymakers that is approved by its member governments.
Most of the reports of the IPCC are prepared by experts who form three working groups on:
- the physical science basis;
- impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and
- mitigation of climate change.
Members of the Grantham Research Institute contribute to the work of the IPCC in several ways: as authors of papers and other literature that are reviewed, and as authors and reviewers of IPCC reports.
Every dollar invested in climate adaptation saves five in the future | LSE Research
This video produced to coincide with the publication of the IPCC’s Working Group II report on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability on 28 February 2022 outlines some the key takeaways in relation to adaptation.
Loss and damage and COP26: Swenja Surminski
Swenja Surminski, Head of Adaptation at the Grantham Research Institute, explains the concept of loss and damage
Adaptation and COP26 – Timo Leiter
Timo Leiter explains the importance of the adapting to the impacts of climate change.
News and commentaries
IPCC report a ‘call to arms’ for climate science in courts, legal experts say (Climate Home News, August 2021)
IPCC climate change report will make some people think humanity is doomed. But if we act quickly, there is hope (The Scotsman, August 2021)
‘Lukewarmer’ wrong again about climate change impacts (February 2018)