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together scientific and technical studies released over the period between reports. The IPCC reports examine the scientific basis for global warming and how changes are affecting the environment and society, as well as offering strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change. The fundamental conclusions of the researchers have been the same throughout, though the certainty attributed to them has increased: humans are exacerbating the greenhouse effect, are heating up the planet with untold consequences and must make a determined effort to counteract climate change. Some 2,500 researchers and 450 main authors have worked on the fourth assessment report for the past six years. The results will be presented in three parts and a concluding summary. The first part of the report deals with the scientific principles of climate change, examining the current and historical observations of climate researchers as well as predictions of future temperatures based on mathematical models. The first working group presented its report, The Physical Science Basis, on February 2 in Paris. The second part of the report deals with the effects of climate change, possible adaptations to deal with it and the "vulnerability of humans" faced with the observed changes in temperature. The second working group presented its part of the report, Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, on April 6 in Brussels. The third part of the report deals with the possibilities for people and policymakers to put the brakes on climate change and makes suggestions in order to do this. The third working group presented its findings, titled Mitigation of Climate Change, on Friday in the Thai capital Bangkok. A final draft of each section is made available to governments for review months before the reports are released. Officials and experts from governments, research institutions and other organizations hold a summit meeting to approve the document days before it is presented to the public. (Internet: www. ipcc. ch) dpa tr yyzz tim wjh emc cc pw

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Prensa Latina: Bangkok Climate Change Report Underway

Bangkok, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Delegates of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change are drafting a final report in Bangkok, Thailand, that will include measures to combat climate change.

Recognizing the problem of potential global climate change, the World Meteorological Organization and the UN Environment Programme established the IPCC in 1988. It is open to all members of the United Nations and WMO.

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