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What do the IPCC AR6 reports say about Africa?

Main Assessment Reports

Climate Change in Africa – Findings of the Latest IPCC AR6 Reports

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations organisation responsible for assessing the current science on climate change. During its Sixth Assessment Cycle (AR6), the three Working Groups (WGs) of the IPCC have produced three Special Reports and three main Assessment Reports.

The IPCC’s Working Group II (WGII) is supported by a Technical Support Unit (TSU), operating out of two offices, one based in Germany and another at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

This booklet is a product of the Durban TSU Office, which has a mandate to improve awareness about climate change in Africa. The contents are a summary of key Africa-specific messages from the three IPCC AR6 main assessment reports: (1) The Physical Science Basis, (2) Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability and (3) Mitigation of Climate Change (see https://www.ipcc.ch/reports/). A previous booklet, Climate Change – An African Perspective, covered Africa-specific messages from the three AR6 Special Reports.

Disclaimer: This booklet is neither endorsed nor approved by the IPCC. Recommendations or conclusions contained herein are solely those of the authors. The booklet has not been subjected to IPCC review.

Special Reports

Climate Change – An African Perspective

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This booklet is based on a slideshow presented at a virtual outreach event in May 2021, entitled: “Accelerating Climate Action through Science and Policy: The Work, Activities and Findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Significance and Implications for Africa.”

The outreach slideshow presented a summary of key Africa-specific messages in the three IPCC 6th Assessment Special Reports. This booklet is based on the slideshow. The text is the narration that accompanies the slides and can be read out loud when presenting the slides to an audience, about two 40 minute lectures.

The slides are available on the IPCC outreach event page.


Supporting African climate change action and knowledge

Personal mitigation options

What I Can Do About Climate Change

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The Durban Office of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit has produced this booklet to highlight what Durban’s residents can do to contribute to ambitious climate change action.

During the course of its Sixth Assessment Cycle, the IPCC has released three Special Reports which highlight the importance of bold action and the need for global system transitions that involve major changes in society and the economy. This booklet draws on the science available in these reports, as well as other sources.

This book is free for download. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, without the written permission of the copyright holders.

How to participate in IPCC products and processes

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This document provides guidance and suggestions that aim to help the scientific community participate and contribute more effectively in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) processes and products, and to stimulate activities that can improve the global knowledge base relevant to climate change.


Summary products of the first AR6 Special Report

Summary of SR15 in Plain Language

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This booklet briefly explains the main messages of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, explaining ‘where we are now; why every half a degree of global warming matters; why every year matters; and why every choice matters.’

Global Warming of 1.5°C Summary for Policymakers in Brief

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This document is an attempt to make the SR15 Summary for Policymakers (SPM) more accessible, by reducing the text and presenting just the relevant information – especially the numbers – in clear, brief bullet form, but using as far as possible the wording as approved by governments.