The warming planet
What does the latest IPCC report say about the warming planet?
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
- each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than in any preceding decade since 1850
- average global land and ocean surface temperatures have warmed by around 0.85 degrees Celsius since 1880
- global average sea levels have risen by 0.19 metres over the twentieth century
- atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years
- the oceans have absorbed about 30 per cent of the emitted anthropogenic carbon dioxide, causing them to become more acidic.
IPCC, 2013. Climate change 2013: the physical science basis. 5th Assessment Report. World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Find the report at ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1
Brendan Atkins , Publications Coordinator