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UNPACKINGTHE IPCC FIFTHASSESSMENTREPORT
Photo credit: Tabatha Fulker/ACF
 
The Intergovernmental Panel on ClimateChange (IPCC) is the most authoritativeinternational body on climate science.Every ve–seven years the IPCC publishesan Assessment Report that provides acomprehensive summary o the physicalscience o climate change, the impacts, andmitigation strategies. The rst part o this, thephysical science, was released on the 27th oSeptember 2013.This latest report has been complied by eighthundred scientists on a voluntary basis andbrings together the most comprehensiveand authoritative scientic assessment o theundamental science o climate change.This Climate Council summary provides a brierun down o the main ndings o the IPCCreport and dispels two o the myths that havebeen circulating in the media in the lead up toits release.Please note all gures are contained in theappendix.Download the ull report atwww.ipcc.chProessor Will Steen, Climate Councillor
The Climate Council is an independent non-protorganisation unded by donations by the public.Our mission is to provide authoritative, expertadvice to the Australian public on climate change.
 
KEY MESSAGES
Our understanding o the climate system has only continued to strengthen inthe last six years. Ocean and air temperature are rising, mass rom glaciers andice sheets is being lost, and sea level is rising.Scientists are more certain than ever that increasing global temperatures since1950 have been caused primarily by human activities.A warming climate is increasing the requency and severity o many extremeweather events and is changing rainall patterns, creating risks or humanwell-being, the economy and the environment.Stabilising the climate system will require substantial and sustained reductionso carbon dioxide (CO
2
) emissions. We will have to decarbonise the economy.
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This graphic was created by the Climate Counciland is not part of the IPCC report. It does draw onthe IPCC and other sources.

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