IPCC summary report on extreme weather and disasters out now

More predicted: Typhoon Durian killed more than 1000 people and left more than a million homeless when it triggered landslides that buried Filipino villages in December 2006. Photo:AAP/EPA/Dennis M Sabangan.

Very hot periods will almost certainly lengthen and intensify while extreme weather is likely to increase over the coming century, according to a summary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s forthcoming report, Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, which is due to be released in full in February next year.

Three Australian scientists (Neville Nicholls, John Handmer and Kathleen McInnes) were lead authors among the report’s 220 authors, and Dr McInnes has provided comments below about how climate change is likely to affect Australia, courtesy of the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC). Following Dr McInnes' comments is expert analysis of the summary report provided by the Science Media Centre of the UK, and the Science Media Centre of Canada (which also held a “webinar” on the IPCC summary report available here)

An ethnic Turkana woman in northwestern Kenya where a drought is taking its toll on millions of people and leading to militia violence over access to water. AAP/EPA/Dai Kurowa