Background Information On the Upcoming International Climate Conference

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by the United Nations in 1988 to, “provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts”.  The IPCC released its First Assessment Report in 1990 outlining the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the world’s climate.  The fifth and most recent assessment report was issued in 2014.  During the intervening years, from 1990 to 2014, world greenhouse gas emissions have increased by more than 55%, from 22.7 billion tons of CO2 in 1990 to 35.3 billion tons in 2013. Continue reading