IPCC Reports & Health
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, is the world’s highest authority on climate science. It is made up of leading climate scientists from around the world who provide regular assessments of the latest climate science, and represents the scientific consensus on climate change.
The IPCC is publishing their sixth series of assessments, also known as the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). AR6 consists of three major reports published in 2021-22:
- A report on the physical science basis of climate change, which was released in August 2021;
- A report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, which was released in February 2022;
- A report on mitigation of climate change, which was released in April 2022.
In September 2022, the IPCC will also publish a Synthesis report for the sixth series.
The IPCC’s findings include findings with important implications for health, and that are of use when communicating about climate change and health. See the following resources and events, to learn more about the health implications of the IPCC’s findings.
- Climate Change is a Health Crisis: Health messages from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (March 2022, CAHA)
- Climate Action for a Healthy Future: Health Messages from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on Mitigation of Climate Change (May 2022, CAHA, GCHA and HCN)
- May 30 Webinar: Climate change, a health emergency: What the IPCC says about health, and why it is important for COP27 (HCN Seminar) (Learn more and register)
- PRESS STATEMENTS & BLOGS
- 12 Aug 2021 – IPCC Physical Science Report: National Leaders Must Act on Climate Crisis to Ensure Human Health and Safety
- 28 Feb 2022: IPCC Impacts Report: National Leaders Must Act on Climate Crisis to Ensure Human Health and Safety
- 5 Apr 2022: IPCC Mitigation Climate Report: Health and Equity Must Be Central to Climate Policy
- OLDER ENTRIES
- Aug 9, 2019 IPCC Report: Our food system is at risk and doing harm — transforming it is essential for health and climate (GCHA press statement)
- Jun 24, 2019 Health groups alarmed that countries may drop IPCC science in climate agreement (GCHA press statement)
- 2014 IPCC Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Report (GCHA infographic)