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Climate change

What is the state of scientific research and knowledge on climate change?

Milestone Reports on Climate Change
Solar Energy

Solar power has become significantly cheaper in the last few years, and installed capacity has grown substantially in the same period. What are the advances that are needed to reduce the cost further and deploy the technology on a larger scale ? More...

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Climate impacts adaptation

This is a summary of the contribution of the working group II to the IPCC’s fifth assessment, evaluating various aspects of climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. More...

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Climate Change Mitigation

The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC was prepared by three working groups More...

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Wind Resources

Wind blows everywhere on the planet, and can be converted to electricity by wind turbines.

How much wind power capacity is there in the world? More...

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Climate Change (2013)

"Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis" is a comprehensive assessment of the physical aspects of climate change, which puts a focus on the elements that are relevant to understand past, document current, and project future climate change. More...

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Impacts of a 4°C global warming

The current policies that address climate change are likely to lead to an increase in global temperature of 4°C before the end of this century.

What are the consequences of such a warming? More...

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Climate Change (2007)

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reassessed the state of knowledge in its 4th assessment report (4AR).

Clearly, the Earth’s warming is already having measurable consequences and future impacts are expected to be wide-ranging and costly.

How can we adapt to those changes? Is it possible to limit the extent of climate change and its impacts through mitigation efforts? More...

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Arctic Climate Change

In 2005, the international project Arctic Climate Impact Assessment was completed by the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).

Arctic climate is now warming rapidly and much larger changes are foreseen.

How had the climate changed in the Arctic so far, and what future changes are expected? How will arctic climate change affect the rest of the planet? More...

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Climate Change (2001)

In 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessed the state of knowledge in its groundbreaking Third Assessment report (TAR).

What was already known in 2001? More...

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Mitigation of climate change
Energy Technologies

The growing use of energy that underlies current economic growth puts unsustainable pressure on natural resources and on the environment.

What options do we have for switching to a cleaner and more efficient energy future? How much will it cost? And what policies could achieve this? More...

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Forests & Energy

In coming years, the world’s energy consumption is expected to increase dramatically. While fossil fuels will remain an important source of energy, renewable energies will also gain importance. Could biofuels derived from forests help meet the energy demand? More...

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Biofuels

Serious questions are being raised about the environmental impacts of producing liquid biofuels for transport, the costs of policies to promote them and their possible unintended consequences.

What could be the future role of biofuels for agriculture, food security and climate change? More...

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CO2 Capture & Storage

One possible option for reducing CO2 emissions is to store it underground. This technique is called Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS).

How does it work? Could it really help addressing climate change?

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides answers in a special report. More...

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