Oxfam reaction to IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

Campaigns and Advocacy, Climate Change, Media Releases, News article written on the 27 Sep 2013

Reacting to the report just released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Oxfam Australia’s Climate Change Policy Advisor Dr Simon Bradshaw said:

“The latest climate science affirms what small-scale farmers around the world are telling us – that seasons are changing, and weather is increasingly extreme and unpredictable, making it tougher to feed their families.

“This report also tells us it is possible to avoid the very worst impacts of climate change.  This means the goal of ensuring everyone has enough to eat is still attainable.

“Governments around the world should learn from the mistakes of the global financial crisis – where warning signs were ignored – and listen to the experts before it’s too late.

“Australia must immediately raise the ambition of its emissions reduction targets, and increase support to vulnerable communities in poor countries in adapting to climate impacts.”

Oxfam’s report Growing Disruption (offering an up-to-date assessment of the links between climate change and hunger) was launched this week

For interviews, please contact Laurelle Keough on 0425 701 801 or laurellek@oxfam.org.au