March 28, 2012
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”. The IPCC report concludes that evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures, and heavy precipitation over the past 50 years. When climate extremes are combined with existing socioeconomic vulnerabilities, the potential for climate-related disasters is increased greatly. The report aims to help policymakers prepare for, respond to and recover from extreme weather events that may result in natural disasters through risk management and adaptation strategies.