Top scientists to gather in Faro to work on major climate change report

Around 300 climate change specialists from around the world will be gathering in the Algarve between January 27 and February 1 to work on a report about the impact of climate change on ecosystems and humans.

The meeting will take place at the University of the Algarve (UAlg) in Faro and is organised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

The IPCC is divided into three working groups and a task force. The scientists who will be in Faro belong to the second working group, which researches “climate change impacts and adaptation and vulnerability”.

The meeting aims to contribute to the creation of the panel’s sixth major report about climate change.

As the University of the Algarve points out in a statement to the press, the IPCC has already created “five big reports and other important documents for society and the world’s politicians”.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, released in 2014, evaluated how patterns of risks and potential benefits were shifting due to climate change since 2007 when the Fourth Assessment Report was released.

In 2007, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former US Vice President Al Gore Jr. to call “special attention to their efforts to obtain and disseminate greater knowledge concerning man-made climate changes and the steps that need to be taken to counteract those changes.”

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com