Climate Change 1995: Ipcc Second Assessment: A Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Ipcc

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DIANE Publishing, 1998 - Nature - 64 pages
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Contains the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) second assessment synthesis of scientific-technical info. relevant to interpreting Article 2 of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change; the report on the science of climate change; the report on scientific-technical analyses of impacts, adaptations & mitigation of climate change; & the report on the economic & social dimensions of climate change. Discusses: greenhouse gases, aerosols, human health, food & fibre, hydrology & water resources management, terrestrial & aquatic ecosystems, energy supply & demand, integrated assessment, response strategies, & much more.

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Page 3 - Convention, stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
Page 4 - In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.
Page i - Change (IPCC) jointly established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme, concluded in 1995 that "the balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernible human influence on global climate.
Page 45 - Climate change' means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.
Page 15 - Affirming that responses to climate change should be coordinated with social and economic development in an integrated manner with a view to avoiding adverse impacts on the latter, taking into full account the legitimate priority needs of developing countries for the achievement of sustained economic growth and the eradication of poverty...
Page 4 - The Parties should take precautionary measures to anticipate, prevent or minimize the causes of climate change and mitigate its adverse effects, where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing such measures, taking into account that policies and measures to deal with climate change should be cost-effective so as to ensure global benefits at the lowest possible cost.
Page 22 - Our ability to quantify the human influence on global climate is currently limited because the expected signal is still emerging from the noise of natural variability, and because there are uncertainties in key factors. These include the magnitude and patterns of...
Page 7 - desertification' means land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities...
Page 22 - At any one location, year-to-year variations in weather can be large, but analyses of meteorological and other data over large areas and over periods of decades or more have provided evidence for some important systematic changes. • Global mean surface air temperature has increased by between about 0.3 and 0.6C since the late 19th century...
Page 5 - There are inadequate data to determine whether consistent global changes in climate variability or weather extremes have occurred over the 20th century.

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