Thursday, June 18, 2009

NEWS FLASH: The synthesis report has been released today! The synthesis report is available for download at

Today (18th June 2009) the synthesis report from the IARU international scientific congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions was presented at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. The synthesis report provides the background for and theexplanation of these six key messages. This full report was handed over to the new Prime Minister of Denmark and host of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in December, Mr. Lars L√łkke Rasmussen. The Danish government will hand over these messages to COP15 decision makers. The report has been written by a team of 12 international climate experts and it has undergone an extensive international review by the Scientific Steering Committee, the session chairs, the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) and by a group of scientists from the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). The synthesis report is available for download at

“The report gives an important overview of what science can tell us today about global warming, and perhaps most importantly what we can do about it. The report presents the very newest scientific evidence that has emerged since the IPCC report came out in 2007. I hope the busy negotiators will have time to study the report carefully before they meet in Copenhagen, because a lot of new data have emerged”, says Katherine Richardson who presented the report together with two other members of the writing team: Professor John Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research and Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute for Development, Professor Mohan Munasinghe.

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