Thursday, 26 September 2013

Major International Report on Climate Science to be Published Tomorrow

A major international report on climate science will be published tomorrow, Friday, 27thSeptember, and leading experts on climate change will gather in Dublin to give their reaction to the report and discuss its implications for Ireland. 

The fifth report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the UN body for the assessment of climate change – will be the most comprehensive report on climate science published in recent years.  A summary of the report will be released by the IPCC at an event in Stockholm, Sweden, tomorrow at 9am*. 

In the aftermath of the Swedish launch, Irish climate change experts will hold a public briefing at the Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 from 1pm to 2pm, at which they will present their analysis of the report and explain how its findings impact on Ireland.  Speakers will include Professor John Sweeney, Ireland’s leading climate scientist; Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth; and Gavin Harte, sustainability expert. 

The electricity needed for the briefing will be generated by a group of cyclists in the Science Gallery, who will ‘pedal power’ the event using a six-bicycle human power station.   

The briefing will be open to all, free of charge, and has been organised by Stop Climate Chaos, a coalition of 28 civil society organisations campaigning for action on climate change. 

Speaking in advance of tomorrow’s event, Professor John Sweeney said: “The new IPCC report will provide much greater regional detail on climate change impacts than we have had in the past.  It will have dedicated chapters on sea level changes, the carbon cycle, and climate phenomena such as monsoons and El Niño. 

“Its publication is long-awaited: it has been seven years since the IPCC published their last report.  This new report is expected to provide more concrete scientific evidence than ever before that the climate is changing under human influence.”