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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Synthesis Report

Key points and questions about the UN IPCC's Synthesis Report on climate change, which distils findings from the IPCC’s Working Groups to provide an integrated view of the issues surrounding climate change.

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The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the final volume of its 5th Assessment Report (AR5) in Copenhagen on 2 November 2014, combining previously published volumes into a Synthesis Report. Following a six day meeting, the report was finalised and agreed upon by delegates from over 100 countries and a panel of the report’s leading scientific authors.

The Synthesis Report distils previous findings from the IPCC’s Working Group I report on the Physical Science Basis (published September 2013), the Working Group II report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (published March 2014), and the Working Group 3 report on Mitigation of Climate Change (published April 2014) to provide an integrated view of the issues surrounding climate change.

Published 3 November 2014