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Climate change round-up: responses to IPCC report, new Special Representative, water impacts, emissions

Climate change news from government and public bodies: responses to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report; new Special Representative for Climate Change; climate change impacts on water; non-CO2 emissions report.

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Response to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report

As the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the first of three volumes of the fifth Assessment Report – the most comprehensive assessment of the science of climate change ever undertaken – Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey conveyed the urgency of addressing the report’s latest findings.
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Foreign Secretary welcomes UN IPCC report on Climate Change

In agreement with Secretary of State Edward Davey, Foreign Secretary William Hague said “The IPCC’s report makes clear that unless we act now to reduce carbon emissions, all this will continue to worsen in coming decades. Governments, businesses and individuals all have a responsibility to tackle climate change. The longer we delay, the higher the risks and the greater the costs to present and future generations.”
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Foreign Secretary’s new Special Representative for Climate Change

Foreign Secretary William Hague has appointed Sir David King as his new Special Representative for Climate Change. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 – 2007 and served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford. As well as a long-held commitment to raising awareness of climate change, he brings a deep and specific knowledge of climate and energy issues and a wealth of broader experience to the role, which he will begin later this year.
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New climate change impacts report card for water

The Living with Environmental Change Partnership, led by the Environment Agency with contributions from over 30 academics and other stakeholders, has published a new Water Climate Change Impacts Report card. The report card looks at the effect of climate change on fresh water, including rainfall, floods and droughts, and is intended to help people understand the scale of possible change and to help inform decisions about the way that water is managed. The water report card is mainly aimed at decision-makers who need to understand and plan for a changing water environment.
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Non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions projections report: Autumn 2013

The Government has published the latest projections of non-CO2 greenhouse gases out to 2030. The projections are for the non-CO2 component of the Kyoto Protocol’s basket of greenhouse gases (GHG) and are collectively referred to as the non-CO2 GHGs. These are methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).
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