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European Commission reacts to IPCC climate change report

EU News 138/2014

31 March 2014

The United Nations scientific panel on climate change today presented its latest report on climate impacts, society's vulnerability to them and options for adapting to the changing climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report finds clear evidence that climate change is already having substantial and widespread impacts today but says strong and urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can avoid the worst of climate change.

Commenting on the report, Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said: "More knowledge is always good, more action would be even better. When the alarm goes off, many just hit the snooze button. This does not work anymore when it comes to climate. It's time to wake up and bring action to the scale needed. Europe is preparing an ambitious reduction target for 2030 to be adopted later this year. I appeal to all major emitters to do the same urgently. It's time to get serious"

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File Photo: Connie Hedegaard delivering a speech at the launch of "Mayors Adapt" Date: 19/03/2014 Reference: P-025247/00-11 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont (C)EU, 2014 URL