The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is due to hand down its next major report in September.
More than 250 lead authors of the report who are in Hobart for a meeting have vowed to deliver “scientifically defensible” findings when their AR5 Report is released in just over eight months.
The IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri says there’s no doubt last week’s extreme heat in Australia is part of a global warming trend. He’s speaking to environment reporter Sarah Clarke.
RAJENDRA PACHAURI: If you look at the trend then I think that’s pretty unmistakeable and any proper analysis would tell you that we are heading in that direction.
SARAH CLARKE: The most recent World Bank report and an assessment by the Global Carbon Project has indicated that the way we’re going, we’re on track for a four to six degree temperature rise by the turn of the century. Is that the case?
RAJENDRA PACHAURI: It would be anywhere from 1.1 degrees Celsius to 6.4 degree Celsius. Now this depends on the kind of economic growth you get, a whole lot of other drivers that would essentially lead to climate change.
But if you’re going to end up towards the upper end, then that clearly is a very, very serious outcome that we’re looking at.
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