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September 27, 2013
12:22 PM

CONTACT: Friends of the Earth

Adam Russell, (202) 222-0722,
Ben Schreiber, (202) 222-0752,

Intergovernmental Panel Releases Fifth Climate Assessment

WASHINGTON - September 27 - Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s premier body for the assessment of climate change, released its Fifth Assessment Report from “working group one,” which covers physical science.

In response, Friends of the Earth U.S. Climate and Energy director Benjamin Schreiber, issued the following statement:

“While there are legitimate concerns that the IPCC report understates the magnitude of the climate crisis, its findings are still terrifying. If the world refuses to take significant action to deal with the climate crisis now, it is going to be too late.

"Today’s report is a further reminder that President Obama needs to lead with far greater ambition and focus on climate change. The president’s newly released Climate Action Plan lacks urgency and won’t get us close to the emission reductions needed. In addition, the U.S. remains a tremendous roadblock to meaningful international climate action. As the leader of the richest country in the world with the largest historic climate footprint, President Obama needs to reverse course and use his legacy to tackle the climate crisis with the urgency that climate science and justice demands.”


Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.


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