The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a stark warning that Governments need to take strong action for the climate when they meet in Bali to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol’s second phase in two weeks’ time, Greenpeace said today.
Last night in Valencia, the IPCC approved its Fourth Assessment
Synthesis report, which sums up the key points from the three major
reports published this year on climate change science, its impacts
and the mitigation options. It will be the key reference document
for policymakers in the coming years.
"It is clear from this report that we are gambling with the
future of the planet - and the stakes are high," said Stephanie
Tunmore of Greenpeace International. "This document sets out a
compelling case for early action on climate change. And it must
take centre stage at the Kyoto talks in Bali in December."
She said Governments should be constantly referring back to this
report in their negotiations in Bali. "We expect to see their
personal copies of the Synthesis Report return from Bali, battered
and worn from frequent use, with paragraphs underlined and notes in
The IPCC reports of "unequivocal"climate change already
occurring and warns that man-made global warming could lead to
abrupt or irreversible impacts.
However, it also confirms that all greenhouse gas stabilisation
levels can be achieved with currently available technologies or
those expected to be commercialised in the coming decades.
"We have a choice - irreversible impacts - or an Energy
Revolution. Greenpeace believes it is possible to keep the worst
impacts of climate change - the extreme weather events, water
crises and increased hunger - from putting millions of people at
risk. This will take a revolution in the way we use and produce
energy, and a strong commitment to stop deforestation
Late in the evening, the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise
launched inflatable boats to protest another coal ship off the
Valencia coast as a reminder to Governments of the cause of the
problem. This was on the back of a similar protest earlier in the
Amongst the severe risks the report labels as 'reasons for
- New evidence that the poor and elderly are two groups most at
risk in both rich and poor countries from the impacts of climate
change: more hunger, more disease, greater risks from extreme
- Major extinctions of plants and animals around the world.
- Widespread mass die off of coral reefs, threatening the
livelihoods of millions.
- Harder droughts, more intense heatwaves and greatly increase
floodrisks are projected for areas of the world already hard hit,
oftenin the poorest parts of the world.
- Increasing risk of more rapid sea level rise as the Greenland
andAntarctic ice sheets melt from warming, with major risks to
smallislands and to the huge, heavily populated mega deltas of
- Increasing risk of species extinction.
- More certainty in the projected increases in droughts,
- There is more evidence of greater vulnerability of the poor
andelderly in both the developed and developing world and of
Arcticand small island communities.
Contacts in Valencia :
Stephanie Tunmore +44 7796 947 451
Cindy Baxter +31 646 162 022
Pictures of the Arctic Sunrise protest will be available in
Valencia outside the press conference.