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What I Can Do About Climate Change

April 2021: The Durban Office of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit has produced this booklet to highlight what Durban’s residents can do to contribute to ambitious climate change action. During the course of its Sixth Assessment Cycle, the IPCC has released three Special Reports which highlight the importance of bold action and the need for global system transitions that involve major changes in society and the economy. This booklet draws on the science available in these reports, as well as other sources. This book is free for download. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, without the written permission of the copyright holders.

Climate Change – An African Perspective

What do the IPCC 6th Assessment Special Reports say about Africa? This booklet is based on a slideshow presented at a virtual outreach event in May 2021, entitled: “Accelerating Climate Action through Science and Policy: The Work, Activities and Findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Significance and Implications for Africa.” The outreach slideshow presented a summary of key Africa-specific messages in the three IPCC 6th Assessment Special Reports. This booklet is based on the slideshow. The text is the narration that accompanies the slides and can be read out loud when presenting the slides to an audience, about two 40 minute lectures.

Global Warming of 1.5°C Summary for Policymakers in Brief

This document is an attempt to make the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C Summary for Policymakers more accessible, by reducing the text and presenting just the relevant information – especially the numbers – in clear, brief bullet form, but using as far as possible the wording as approved by governments.

Summary of SR15 in Plain Language

This booklet briefly explains the main messages of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, explaining ‘where we are now; why every half a degree of global warming matters; why every year matters; and why every choice matters.’

How to Participate in the IPCC

This document provides guidance and suggestions that aim to help the scientific community participate and contribute more effectively in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) processes and products, and to stimulate activities that can improve the global knowledge base relevant to climate change.

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The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.

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April 2021: The Durban Office of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit has produced this booklet to highlight what Durban’s residents can do to contribute to ambitious climate change action.

During the course of its Sixth Assessment Cycle, the IPCC has released three Special Reports which highlight the importance of bold action and the need for global system transitions that involve major changes in society and the economy. This booklet draws on the science available in these reports, as well as other sources.

This book is free for download. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, without the written permission of the copyright holders.

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>> Download action checklist here

What do the IPCC 6th Assessment Special Reports say about Africa? This booklet is based on a slideshow presented at a virtual outreach event in May 2021, entitled: “Accelerating Climate Action through Science and Policy: The Work, Activities and Findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Significance and Implications for Africa.” The outreach slideshow presented a summary of key Africa-specific messages in the three IPCC 6th Assessment Special Reports. This booklet is based on the slideshow. The text is the narration that accompanies the slides and can be read out loud when presenting the slides to an audience, about two 40 minute lectures. The slides are available on the IPCC outreach event page.

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The CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference aimed to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. The conference was organized by CitiesIPCC and was held in Edmonton from March 5-7, 2018.

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Disregarding research not published in English may pose a risk to finding solutions for urgent global concerns, such as biodiversity loss, or climate change. To assess the extent of this ‘missing voice’, we compared the representation of 22 languages in scientific publications on climate change in Africa, indexed by widely used databases. Between 87 % and 95 % of publications were in English, with a small, but noteworthy, number in languages of the former European colonisers of Africa. 

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Several studies have highlighted the persistent lack of impact that African researchers have in international science. To examine this in the geosciences, we reviewed the representation and contribution of African authors using a bibliometric study of international high-impact geoscience journals. Detailed metadata from all articles (n = 182,996) published in these journals (n = 21), and from two Africa-based journals, were extracted from the Web of Science™. We then assembled information related to the research to track how frequently African authors and studies appear, relative to their international peers. 

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Over time African cities and their residents have responded to climate impacts in increasingly creative ways, based on local knowledge and available resources. Overviews of adaptation policy, plans and actions have largely been lacking for Africa, particularly at the local, city level. We applied a systematic map to assess what the human responses to climate impacts are in African cities, noting the climate drivers of these actions, the range of responses, where they have taken place, and who the actors are.

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Reuters ranked these 1,000 scientists based on three criteria: the number of papers published on climate change topics; citations, relative to other papers in the same field; and references by the non-peer reviewed press (for example on social media). 

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An assessment of the feasibility and effectiveness of different adaptation options is essential to guide responses to climate change. This paper uses a feasibility framework to assess adaptations described in the literature for Africa, discussing the different options, their effectiveness, and barriers to implementation. Geographic, sectoral and topical knowledge gaps are highlighted for areas for future research.

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