Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

Full IPCC SREX report released

29/03/2012 - by the Climate Centre

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) yesterday released the full Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Weather Events (SREX).

Is climate change leading to increases in the number and severity of extreme events? How do social and environmental factors interact with weather and climate events to create disasters? And what can be done to make societies more resilient to extremes? SREX assesses the scientific information on these questions.

The print edition of the report was published mid-May. The report’s 19-page Summary for Policymakers (SPM) was released in November 2011.

The full 592-page report provides the detailed evidence behind the SPM, complete with graphics, full reference details, a glossary and an index.

Chapters provide detail on the concepts and determinants of disaster risk, an assessment of past and future changes in climate extremes and their impacts at global and regional scales, and a discussion of local- to international-level approaches for managing weather-related risks.

Case studies are used to provide valuable insights into best practices and experiences; regional lessons from the SREX report have been provided by the UK-based Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

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The UK Overseas Development Institute organized a public event on SREX which was webcast.

The IPCC is the UN's scientific panel that assesses the knowledge base on climate chang; its assessments are made by hundreds of scientists, and strengthened and refined in three rounds of review rounds by experts and governments.