Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Evaluation Report
Climate Net, with the participation of IPCC editor, Prof. Dr. John Morton, from the University of Greenwich and Assistant. Prof. Barış Karapınar from Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, jointly evaluated the report at a meeting held at the Boğaziçi University. A climate change creates a big risk on people and on the ecosystems. In order to manage these risks, policies adapted to the changing climate systems must be created!
Climate change 2014: Effects, Adaptation and Vulnerability Report is related with the effects of global climate change on various sectors and areas, adaptation policies to the climate change and vulnerability of countries related to the climate change. IPCC report does not only show the decrease in the food production, water and food deficit, rising sea water levels and its effects on human health. At the same time reveals the extent of the vulnerability of countries related to the effects of climate change, in the global scale. It also has contains warnings on the effects of climate change, on global and national security policies.
At the meeting jointly held by the Climate Net and the Boğaziçi University, IPCC 5th Evaluation Report editor, Prof. Dr. John Morton commented on the report as follows:
“Climate change is drastically threatening the product yields, food safety and rural sustenance sources in the global and local scales. In order to manage those risks, we have to work on adaptation to the climate changes and we have to minimize the emission of greenhouse gas that creates the climate change.
The report was also evaluated by one of the editors of the report, Assistant. Prof. Barış Karapınar Boğaziçi University. Barış Karapınar commented as follows:
“The report prepared by the participation of 300 scientist and scholars from 70 countries envisages that by the effects of the climate change, water shortage and droughts will increase, agricultural productivity will be reduced and food prices will increase by 85 % on the global scale. The poor and needy people, politically, socially and economically marginalized social groups, women and children will be the ones that will be affected most. It is expected that the climate change will be one of the biggest lack of social justice sources, in the 21th century. The governments must carefully evaluate the policy proposals in this report and apply them as much as possible”.
So we believe that the governments and decision makers has no valid excuses to ignore that threat. If we act at once, we can slow down the progress of the climate change and can protect ourselves from the destructive effects of the climate change.
Deniz Ataç, talking for the Climate Net, emphasized that in addition to adaptation to the climate change, we had to fight against the climate change. Deniz Ataç said that “the only way to reduce the effect of the climate change could not be realized by the adaptation to the climate change”. She also commented that “without eliminating the sources of the climate change and fight against the climate change, adaption policies would be insufficient. In the short run, while we are developing adaptation policies to the climate change, we must improve our policies to fight against the effects of climate change”