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Statement on Release of IPCC Extreme Weather Report


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2011 

CONTACT: Eric Young, 703-217-6814, 

Washington, D.C. -- The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report today that confirms what scientists have long been telling us: Manmade climate change has increased our vulnerability to extreme weather. More than 100 scientists from around the world contributed to the Special Report for Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).

Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, issued the following statement:

"This report is further evidence that climate change is real and it is happening today. In 2011, in the United States alone, there have been a minimum of 10 extreme weather events that cost more than a billion dollars each."

"The scientific evidence grows more clear that climate change is making certain types of extreme weather more likely. Heat waves and heavy rainstorms are the kinds of disasters scientists are telling us are more likely to happen due to our changing climate. We must therefore reduce the global warming pollution that is altering our climate. The threat is clear. The path forward to a clean energy future is also clear."