Ottawa, September 26, 2013 – On Friday September 27 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first of three Summaries for Policymakers on the world’s climate.  Climate Change 2013, the Physical Science Basis provides a review of the latest research findings on climate change and its implications. The full Report on the Physical Science Basis will be posted on the IPCC website on Monday 30 September 2013.  The IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability will be released in March 2014; and on Mitigation-emissions reductions in April 2014. The full Synthesis Report will be released in October 2014.

This Summary for Policymakers is based on the findings of hundreds of scientists from around the world. It is scrutinized and approved line-by-line by the Government of Canada as well as the governments of 200 other countries; it is expected to confirm ongoing global warming and to reinforce the need for immediate actions: to understand the phenomena, to slow climate change and to adapt to its inevitable impacts.

 The Canadian Climate Forum notes strong interest in the IPCC report and its implications. Events to inform the press and the public of the findings and/or to answer questions include:

 The Science Media Centre of Canada – webinar at 13:00 hours EDT, Friday September 27, 2013. Speakers include: Graham Cogley (Trent U.), Howard Freeland (Fisheries and Oceans Canada (ret.)) and Francis Zwiers (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium). To join the webinar go to: https://sciencemedia.webex.com/sciencemedia/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=660441722   Enter the meeting password: climate; click “Join Now”; and follow the instructions that appear. To hear the audio, join the teleconference by calling the (toll) number: 1-650-479-3208. Access code: 660 441 722.

 OURANOS – Press conference, Montreal, Friday September 27, 2013, 09:00 – 11:30 EDT. Panelists will present key aspects of the report and implications for Quebec. Speakers include: Francis Zwiers (PCIC), Glenn Milne (UOttawa), Bruno Tremblay (McGill), Ross Brown (Environment Canada) and René Laprise (UQAM). Information and RSVP: debrabandere.anne@ouranos.ca, 514-282-6464 #262.

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions – joint public briefing and webcast, Monday September 30, 2013, 09:30 – 11:00 PDT. Leading Canadian scientists will present the key findings of the report as well as their implications for the Pacific Region.  Location: the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings St., Vancouver. Webcast at Http://creative-services.sfu.ca/broadcast/

Pembina Institute – Guest blog post by John Stone on What to expect from the IPCC in its newest climate science Assessment Report. The post provides background on the IPCC process and addresses expected highlights of the report. It can be accessed at http://www.pembina.org/blog/752

 Environment Canada – likely press announcement on the occasion of the release of the report, Friday September 27, 2013.

The Canadian Climate Forum can help interested parties locate experts for further explanations of the Report’s conclusions and their implications for policymakers and all Canadians.

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The Canadian Climate Forum is a non-governmental agency dedicated to improving understanding of weather and climate in the Earth System.  It collaborates with partner agencies and individuals to accelerate the uptake and use of weather and climate knowledge to serve the needs of society and the economy.