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IPCC report: Urgent action needed to avoid catastrophic climate change, says Friends of the Earth

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Reacting to the publication today (Sunday 2 November) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th Synthesis Report, Friends of the Earth’s International Climate Campaigner Asad Rehman said:  “Politicians can’t say they weren’t warned – climate change poses a catastrophic threat to our food, livelihoods and homes.

“David Cameron and EU Governments still haven’t woken up to the threat we face – their recent decision to do little to cut emissions until 2030 puts the interests of big polluters ahead of people and the planet.

“If we want to avoid catastrophic climate change governments must stop dithering and take bold action to slash our carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent in the next 15 years. That means saying no to any new dirty energy sources, including fracking.

“Rich nations who are most responsible for the climate crisis we face need to provide a ‘climate Marshall plan’ that provides finance and technology to protect all our futures.

“It’s time to listen to the science, end our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and develop a safer future based on energy efficiency and clean renewable power.”


Notes to Editors:

1. On Sunday the 2nd of November the IPCC released its Synthesis Report, the final in the “Fifth Assessment Report” process. The report known as the “Synthesis Report” builds on three reports released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) throughout 2013-2014. The UN report builds on three previous reports, one released last September that focused on the physical science basis of climate change  (Working Group 1), one in March 2014 that outlined the experienced and projected impacts of climate change (Working Group 2), and one in April 2014 on how to reduce climate pollution (known as ‘mitigation’) (Working Group 3).

The IPCC is a senior UN panel made up of thousands of climate scientists and this report marks its fifth ‘assessment’ since 1990 of the state of climate and knowledge.

2. Friends of the Earth together with partners in the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice have produced:

* A FAQ background note is available.

* A summary analysis of the Synthesis Report is available.

3. Friends of the Earth with the support of the Stockholm Environment Institute has produced a website to help illustrate what a fair share allocation of the existing carbon budget to keep temperatures well below 1.5c could be.

For press information please contact the Friends of the Earth media team on 020 7566 1649.

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