IPCC Extreme Weather Report Shows We Must Curb Carbon Pollution

NRDC: “It’s Not Too Late To Act.”

WASHINGTON – (Nov. 18, 2011) A comprehensive report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms what most people already know: The intensifying extreme weather events in the United States and around the world are linked to climate change.

The following is a statement from Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke:

“This is what persistent climate denial and political paralysis has brought us: extreme weather events that endanger our health and further strain the budgets of families and governments alike.

“It’s not too late to act. We still have time to shield ourselves from worse impacts, but we have to start cutting carbon pollution now.”

See here for a recent report from NRDC scientists on the health and financial costs of extreme weather.

See here for Beinecke’s blog about the IPCC report.

See here for an interview with IPCC Chair Dr. Rajendra Pachauri by NRDC’s OnEarth magazine.

And to speak to an NRDC expert about the IPCC report, climate change and what we can do about it, please contact Elizabeth Heyd at 202-289-2424 or eheyd@nrdc.org or Bob Keefe at 202-289-2373 or bkeefe@nrdc.org.