Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report
Robin Kundis Craig & Stephen Miller, eds., A Response to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Environmental Law Institute, 2016, Forthcoming
20 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2015 Last revised: 14 Jul 2015
Date Written: June 17, 2015
What does climate change mean for sustainable development? According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fifth Assessment Report, climate change threatens sustainable development goals. The Fifth Assessment Report represents a first strong international consensus caution that failure to address climate change may well undermine the pursuit of sustainable development. As such, the Fifth Assessment Report subtly underscores the critical importance of a functional environment and ecological systems to human thriving — and perhaps even to human survival — a reality that sustainable development in practice often ignores.
Keywords: climate change, sustainable development, IPCC, Fifth Assessment Report, resilience
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