Reacting to the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report setting out the pathways the world must take to avoid climate disaster, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“Bold international action to cut our use of fossil fuels is urgently required to steer the planet away from catastrophic climate change.

“If we’re to avoid levels of climate change that will be impossible to adapt to, governments must stand up to the fossil fuel industry and get serious about the huge potential of clean renewable power. Scotland has a major contribution to make in making this transition.

“Rich nations must take the lead by rapidly weaning themselves off coal, gas and oil and funding low-carbon growth in poorer countries.

“The IPCC report is clear: we already have the technologies to make the journey to safe, clean energy. But the clock is ticking, we must act now.”

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Notes to Editors

1. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment, Working Group 3 report, is being published today. It identifies a number of possible pathways for the world to take to avoid catastrophic climate change. A short summary of it’s findings is available here: https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/cutting-greenhouse-g…

2. The first group, Working Group 1, The Physical Science Basis (WG1) published its report in September 2013. A Friends of the Earth summary of its findings is available here: http://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/ipcc_report_2013.pdf

3. Working Group 2, Impacts (WG2) published its report on Monday 31 March 2014. Our press release: http://www.foe-scotland.org.uk/node/1817 A Friends of the Earth briefing on the report is available here: http://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/advance-briefing-ipcc…

4. The IPCC is a UN body tasked with producing five yearly updates of knowledge on the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change. It has three scientific working groups each producing and publishing a detailed report. Please see here for the IPCC Working Group reports:http://www.ipcc.ch/

5. A summary of information on climate change, including filmed interviews with Leading climate scientist Professor Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre and Yeb Sano, Philippines climate change negotiator is available here: https://www.foe.co.uk/news/latest-climate-science

6. Friends of the Earth Scotland is:

* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation

* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland

* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups – covering every continent.

www.foe-scotland.org.uk