IPCC 6th Assessment Report published
The sober assessment of our planet’s future has been delivered by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists whose findings are endorsed by the world’s governments.
Their report is the first major review of the science of climate change since 2013. Its release comes less than three months before a key climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26.
In strong, confident tones, the IPCC’s document says “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, oceans and land”.
In Northern Europe (NEU):
• Observed increase in pluvial flooding attributed to human influence and projected to further increase at global warming of 1.5°C (medium confidence) and 2°C and above (high confidence).
• Projected decrease in river flood at global warming of 2°C and above (medium confidence).
• Projected increase in severe wind storms at global warming of 2°C and above (medium confidence).
In Western & Central Europe (WCE)
• Projected increase in pluvial flooding at global warming of 1.5°C (medium
confidence) and 2°C and above (high confidence).
• Observed increasing trend in river flooding and projected further increase
at 2°C and above of global warming (high confidence).
• Projected increases in hydrological, agricultural and ecological droughts at
mid-century warming levels of 2°C or above, regardless of the greenhouse
gas emissions scenario (medium confidence).
Download regional fact sheet for Europe here.