A Review of the Key Findings from the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events

Author: Patrick Ward

We review some of the key findings from the IPCC’s Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. An underlying theme in the report is that disaster risk arises from the complex interaction of exposure and vulnerability. Drawing on historical evidence as well as future projections, the report suggests that mankind’s exposure to many forms of extreme climate events has increased in the last 60 years, and may continue to do so in the future. This suggests that appropriate strategies for reducing or managing disaster risk may more appropriately emphasize reducing vulnerability.

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