IPCC 6th assessment report – synthesis

On 20 March 2023, climate scientists published another ‘last warning’ on the climate emergency. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the synthesis report of its 6th assessment on the state of the global climate crisis. This synthesis draws together all the main findings of the three working group reports which were already published in 2021 and 2022.

The IPCC press release points to the fact that greenhouse gas emissions are still rising globally, and demands more ambitious actions to secure a ‘liveable future for all’. For a longer summary of the main messages of this synthesis report, read the analyses by Carbon Brief and the World Resources Institute.

Despite these scientifically alarming reports, the IPCC’s political impact in terms of real effective climate policies remains extremely low and therefore every cycle of reports leads to a more fundamental critique of the organisation’s way of working.

Hereunder, a collection of links to some of the critical articles we found on this new IPCC report:


New dire State of the Climate report

The EU’s Climate Change Service Copernicus released its annual European State of the Climate report for the year 2022. Read the summary of the report and take a look at the interesting infographics page of climate indicators.

Key findings:

  • Europe experienced the hottest summer on record with extreme heat waves, wildfires, widespread droughts, and huge ice loss from glaciers in the Alps.
  • Temperatures in Europe are rising at twice the global average rate.

In a related development, climate experts are also drawing attention to the return of the El Nino climate pattern, which might lead to even more extreme weather events in 2023. 

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