IPCC to help prepare for short-term climate extremes21/07/2009 - by IRIN
IRIN reports in this article on the IPCC decision to prepare a Special Report on how to manage disaster risk in the context of climate change (Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation).
The Nobel-prize winning IPCC is best known for its authoritative Assessment Reports which come out roughly every five years. Until now it had paid only limited attention to how climate change affects disaster risk, and to strategies to reduce the risk of disasters in a changing climate.
This Special Report, proposed by UNISDR and Norway, should help enhance understanding of these issues among policy makers and practitioners. It should be of great use to the Red Cross and Red Crescent, as pointed out in the article by Maarten van Aalst of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, who participated in the IPCC scoping meeting. The report is expected to come out in 2011.