The IPCC have published the “summary for Policymakers” of the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report
The report concludes that responding to climate change involves making choices about risks in a
changing world. The nature of the risks of climate change is increasingly clear, though climate
change will also continue to produce surprises. The report identifies vulnerable people, industries,
and ecosystems around the world. It finds that risk from a changing climate comes from
vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way) overlapping with
hazards (triggering climate events or trends). Each of these three components can be a target for
smart actions to decrease risk.