Climate change is one of the most serious global problems today. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, acidification of the ocean, damaging hurricanes, droughts, wildfires and other extreme events have caused devastating human, environmental and economic damage. In response to escalating climate change concerns, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The mission of the IPCC is to provide the world’s governments with sound scientific information on climate change relevant to the development of policies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its “efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”
Thousands of scientists and other experts from around the world volunteer, under the leadership of the IPCC, to examine the science of climate change, its impacts and approaches to reducing emissions. Since 1988, the IPCC has released five major Assessment Reports on climate change (1990, 1995, 2001, 2007 and 2014) and numerous special reports.
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