Last decade has been hottest, says Pachauri

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SummaryWeeks away from releasing the fifth assessment report (AR-5) on the state of climate and global warming, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that the last decade was the warmest than all the previous ones.

Weeks away from releasing the fifth assessment report (AR-5) on the state of climate and global warming, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that the last decade was the warmest than all the previous ones.

“Though I can not comment on the assessment report as it is in the draft stage and work in progress, it is true that the last decade has been the hottest,” RK Pachauri, IPCC chairperson told FE.

The AR-5 which is set to be released on September 26, draws heavily from a variety of literature and the World Meteorological Organisation which says that the years 2001–2011 were all among the warmest on record.

“The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming.’’

IPCC’s fourth assessment report came out in 2007 which said that to stabilise at an estimate global temperature 2-2.4oC above the pre-industrial average, emissions would need to peak before 2015, with 50 to 85% reductions on 2000 levels by 2050.

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