The following reports published during 2014 have been instrumental in guiding the conversation, planning and actions of communities, governments and institutions that are concerned about climate change. These are the top 10 most-viewed reports for 2014 on the Learn More About Climate SlideShare channel.
1. World Economic Forum: Global Risks 2014
The World Economic Forum lists “failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation” as #5 on its list of Ten Global Risks of Highest Concern in 2014. The Global Risks report is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading publications on global risks. The report identifies risks of global relevance and offers leaders from business, government and civil society a tool to understand them as well as a way of identifying interconnections between them.
2. State of the Climate in 2013 Report
This is the 24th edition of the annual State of the Climate series, which began as NOAA’s Climate Assessment, and now completes its 19th consecutive edition associated with the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report logged global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on air, land, sea, and ice. It found the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators — greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures — continued to reflect trends of a warmer plant.
3. Keystone Environmental Impact Statement: Executive Summary from U.S State Department
The U.S. Department of State released this review of a new application from TransCanada Corp. for a proposed pipeline that would run from the Canadian border to connect to a pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska.
Prepared by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Western Water Assessment for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, this report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow.
5. Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, US Department of Defense
Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. This Department of Defense roadmap refers to climate change as a “threat multiplier” because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today —from infectious disease to terrorism — and it describes three broad adaptation goals.
6. Climate Change, Energy Infrastructure Risks: A Report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office
According to the National Research Council and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, changes in the earth’s climate—including higher temperatures, changes in precipitation, rising sea levels, and increases in the severity and frequency of severe weather events—are under way and expected to grow more severe over time. These impacts present significant risks to the nation’s energy infrastructure. Economic losses arising from weather- related events—including floods, droughts, and storms—have been large and are increasing, according to the report.
Using documents and information obtained through a series of 22 structured interviews, the Colorado Climate Preparedness Project provides a catalog of climate impacts and adaptation activities and options in five climate-sensitive sectors in the state of Colorado: water; wildlife, ecosystems and forests; electricity; agriculture; and outdoor recreation. The Colorado Climate Preparedness Project was undertaken by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Western Water Assessment for the State of Colorado.
8. National Climate Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in the United States May 2014 Overview
This overview presents important results of the National Climate Assessment. It reviews observed and projected changes in climate, impacts of these changes on U.S. regions and sectors, and response strategies. The report was produced by a team of more than 300 experts, including Kristen Averyt from the University of Colorado Boulder, and was extensively reviewed by the public and experts.
9. IPCC Working Group II: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability — Summary for Policymakers
Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its full contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, the most comprehensive look to date at the worldwide impacts of climate change and the opportunities for response.
Using multidisciplinary teams of experts in climate, hydrology, ecology, law, and policy, University of Colorado Boulder’s Western Water Assessment works with decision makers across the Intermountain West to produce policy-relevant information about climate variability and change. The annual report details activities and accomplishments over the academic year and new research foci including climate vulnerability assessment and evaluation of a drought early warning system.