This page contains links to some of the most important recent climate reports.

UNEP Publication: The Emissions Gap (November 26, 2019)

The report presents the latest data on the expected gap in 2030 for the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets of the Paris Agreement. It considers different scenarios, from no new climate policies since 2005 to full implementation of all national commitments under the Paris Agreement. For the first time, it looks at how large annual cuts would need to be from 2020 to 2030 to stay on track to meeting the Paris goals.

Maine’s Climate Future – 2020 Update

This report, released in February 2020, is an important update to the “Initial Climate Assessment” published in 2009.  Like the 2009 report, the 2020 report is graphically rich and user friendly.  If you are working on climate change in Maine this is a vital resource to bring you up to speed on both the science and the policy.  (click on the image to the left to download the report).

IPCC REPORT: The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (September 25, 2019)

“All people on Earth depend directly or indirectly on the ocean and cryosphere. The global ocean covers 71% of the Earth surface and contains about 97% of the Earth’s water. The cryosphere refers to frozen components of the Earth system.  Around 10% of Earth’s land area is covered by glaciers or ice sheets. The ocean and cryosphere support unique habitats, and are interconnected with other components of the climate system through global exchange of water, energy and arbon. The projected responses of the ocean and cryosphere to past and current human-induced greenhouse gas emissions and ongoing global warming include climate feedbacks, changes over decades to millennia that cannot be avoided, thresholds of abrupt change, and irreversibility.”