Water, Extremes and Climate Change

Water, Extremes and Climate Change


August 20, 2021    
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


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Findings from the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle (AR6) Working Group 1 Report

20 August 2021
16:30 – 18:00 IST / 13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Countries across the Global South have long been impacted by human-induced climate change, despite contributing very little to global carbon emissions. Now, events trigged by climate crisis are prevalent across the Global North, from flooding to wildfires. Globally, cities like Chennai and Cape Town have experienced days with no water supply due to long droughts, while farmers across the world are trying to adjust their farming practices amid uncertain rainfall patterns. Coastal cities are increasingly seeing disasters from cyclones and storm surges. Floods, droughts and other extreme events like heat waves and cyclones are the main ways in which people across the world are feeling the impacts of climate change. Many of these impacts are water related. Is climate change intensifying the global water cycle? Is climate change making extreme events more likely and more intense?

These are some of the questions that authors from Working Group I of the IPCC will discuss in a webinar on 20th August, 2021 organised by IWMI. The IPCC is releasing its Working Group I report in early August 2021. Two lead authors of IPCC will speak at the IWMI-organised webinar, and present their findings from the latest round of IPCC Assessment. These are Friederike Otto, Associate Director of the Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford, and Dr Krishnan Raghavan, who specializes in climate modelling. They will be joined by panellists including Neeta Pokrel, Dr Mark Smith, Dr Debra Roberts, Prof. Saleemul Huq, and Cate Lamb, who will discuss the implications of the latest climate change findings for regions like Asia and Africa where CGIAR works. The event will be facilitated by Dr Aditi Mukherji.

The IPCC is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change and publishes reports at intervals of seven years. The Sixth Assessment Cycle consists of three IPCC Working Groups Reports, three Special Reports and a Synthesis Report. The contributions from the three Working Groups will be released between 2021 and 2022, starting with the release of WGI Report in early August, 2021.