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Oceans, ice and climate change

A major assessment of the latest science on how climate change impacts oceans and the cryosphere – portions of Earth’s surface where water is frozen, including sea ice, snow cover and glaciers – is due on 25 September 2019. This latest special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is of great importance to some of the world’s most vulnerable countries – like small island states and the least developed countries.

For small islands, the report is highly relevant as it covers issues from sea level rise to impacts on coral reefs fisheries to extreme events such as storm surges. Many least developed countries will also face severe impacts to their coastlines, as sea levels rise, while melting glaciers spell disaster for millions of inhabitants of mountainous countries.

As detailed by the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C, half a degree of warming has significant implications for the most vulnerable and there is a need for rapid, widespread and transformative action to limit global temperatures. This latest report from the IPCC provides further information on implications of climate change for the many regions and ecosystems that are affected by changes to oceans and the cryosphere, and provides further scientific support for ambitious mitigation and adaptation to reduce these impacts.

Following closely the release of this major report, this event will outline its main findings and their implications for vulnerable countries. It will also discuss how the report’s findings can be incorporated into the on-going international climate negotiations, including the issue of climate change-induced loss and damage, and raising climate ambition.

You can find more information about the event and a link to register here:

This event is part of the Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change and Energy Transition programs of Climate Week NYC.