Climate updates: progress since the fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC

27 November 2017

Written by world-leading scientists, Climate updates describes how our understanding of the science of climate change, and its impacts, have progressed since the fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

From considerations of how high sea level could rise, to how climate change might affect extreme weather, and what impact climate change will have on food production, human health and species extinction, this report addresses a number of topics that have been a focus of recent attention or where there is significant new evidence.

Climate updates is by no means a comprehensive review, but provides answers, drafted by experts, to some of the questions that are frequently asked of climate scientists by policymakers and the public.

Climate updates consists of two documents. The main document aims to give a comprehensible answer for each question and is backed by supplementary information for those who would like to learn more about the evidence base and literature sources behind the answers.

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