Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases its 5th Assessment Report today.
30 Sep 2013
- Ground testing computer modelling for the influence of climate change on Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) in South Sudan
- Read the IPCC report (external website)
This report builds on previous work of the IPCC and provides new evidence based on independent scientific analysis of climate systems, a wide range of data sources and computer modelling. The report highlights the continuing and predicted impacts of climate change.
Botanic gardens play a fundamental role in conserving biodiversity and carbon sinks, so that we may adapt to, and mitigate, the impacts of climate change. They may also be directly involved in studying the interactions between climate change and plants -- as well as communicating this research to others.
Examples of Kew projects in this area include:
- The impact of climate change on Arabica coffee. The research for this study was published in PLOS ONE on 7 November 2012.
- The UK National Tree Seed Project
- Crop Wild Relatives project
- Plant diversity and climate change: a review of Kew’s science activities relevant to climate change (pdf)
Watch Kew's video - "The Forgotten Home of Coffee"
A study conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia, reports that climate change alone could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) well before the end of this century.
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