Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has launched in Kampala Uganda, its ‘Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’ (SREX). The report has been written by over 200 hundred authors and reviewed by many hundreds including academics, practitioners and policy makers. The findings of the report were approved by 194 governments. Key messages of SREX can be found at SREX – Key Messages.
The report foresees a world of ever more frequent disasters in a warming world and outlines the link between global warming, extreme weather events and their economic impact. It includes a catalogue of measures at local, national and international level that successfully reduce disaster risk. The report suggests that if countries and communities are to avoid the worst disasters in a changing climate, such measures will need to be accompanied by deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
In California, “The Governor’s Conference on Extreme Climate Risks and California’s Future” on December 15 in San Francisco builds on the findings of the IPCC SREX report. The Governor’s Conference will focus on the risks of unpredictable and extreme weather events caused by climate change and how our communities can prepare and adapt. The Governor will be joined at the Conference by Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and other leaders. The PHI’s Center for Public Health and Climate Change will be there.
After this year's sequence of extreme weather events, from the unprecedented heat wave and drought in Texas, severe drought in the Horn of Africa and the recent floods in Bangkok, there is an urgent need to address public health issues in climate adaptation plans and in disaster risk reduction strategies. This includes actions that immediately improve the health of the poorest communities and also reduce their vulnerability to climate change.