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COP27: Climate change in plain language


Do we know that humans are causing climate change? Why does climate change affect extreme weather events? Is it possible to limit climate change in the future? These questions are answered in the IPCC's new, easy-to-read summary of climate change.

The "Climate change 2021- Summary for All" will be released on the occasion of the UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt. It explains in plain language the main findings of the latest IPCC report on climate change.

Forskaren Deliang Chen
Deliang Chen
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- Negotiations at COP27 must be based on research findings. This summary can help many people understand what we know about climate change," says Deliang Chen, Professor of Physical Meteorology at the University of Gothenburg and one of the authors of the popular science summary. Deliang Chen is also one of the coordinating lead authors of the IPCC's Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports.

The summary released in conjunction with COP27 highlights the key findings of the IPCC report "Climate Change 2021: Physical Science Basis", which was authored in August 2021 by a large number of scientists from around the world.

The easy-to-read version describes the research from three perspectives: climate change today, our future climate and the possibility of mitigating future climate change.

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  • COP stands for Conference Of The Parties, the countries that have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was formed at the Rio Conference in 1992.
  • Each climate COP is given a number indicating which summit in the order it is held. COP27 is therefore the 27th UN climate summit.
  • This year, the annual UN climate summit will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November. For two weeks, representatives of the world's countries will gather to discuss and negotiate the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement and how they can contribute to the climate transition.