Climate Change 2007 - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Working Group II Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC

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For policymakers -- Technical summary -- Assessment of observed changes and responses in natural and managed systems -- New assessment methods and the characterisation of future conditions -- Fresh water resources and their management -- Ecosystems, their properties, goods and services -- Food, fibre, and forest products -- Coastal systems and low-lying areas -- Industry, settlement and society -- Human health -- Africa -- Asia -- Australia and New Zealand -- Europe -- Latin America -- North America -- Polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) -- Small islands -- Assessment of adaptation practices, options, constraints and capacity -- Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation -- Assessing key vulnerabilities and the risk from climate change -- Perspectives on climate change and sustainability -- Cross-chapter case studies.

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Contains many misstatements of facts and distortions, in particular statements of glaciers retreating at a rate such that they will be gone by 2035. This was proven to be an error.

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This is the definitive source for information on the likely impacts of climate change, circa 2007. As with all IPCC assessment reports, only 'established science' can be included, which means that the latest scientific results are generally not included (this policy has advantages and disadvantages, the primary advantage is that the science presented in IPCC reports is unlikely to be contested or refuted by later research).
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