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Expert comment: United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report

Commenting on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report,Link opens in a new window released today, Dr Morten Fibieger ByskovLink opens in a new window said:

"The report shows the need to take the necessary steps to close the adaptation gap, including addressing the global socioeconomic inequalities that disproportionally distribute climate risks and vulnerabilities onto poor and marginalised communities in the Global South.

"It also forces us to (re-)consider what the right to protection from climate change entails and to highlight the right to fair and equitable climate adaptation as part of climate justice.

"The continued failure to mitigate climate change means it is an urgent task to create the necessary conditions for people to adapt, especially among those who are already living with climate change in their daily lives. Such efforts must go hand in hand with nature-based solutions that do not further exacerbate global warming.

"Addressing all of these challenges requires greater engagement with the wider issues of distributive and procedural justice, something which the report in a welcome move explicitly endorses.”

28 February 2022


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