(Washington, DC)  “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” the second volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report will be released in Brussels tomorrow (April 6, 2007).

Science & Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) today issued the following statement on the upcoming report:

“Our understanding of human activity influences and impacts on climate change has been improving due to these reports. I expect that this assessment will also provide us with an even higher confidence that our Earth has a fever.”

“Committee staff is in Brussels now observing the IPCC process and I’m looking for them to bring back the best possible information so that we can do our job – which is to be a part of the solution.”

“More than 2,500 scientific expert reviewers from more than 130 countries have spent 6 years doing the work on this IPCC report, now its Congress’ turn to take their sound advice and act.”

This fourth assessment report is expected to be a comprehensive picture of the global present state of knowledge of climate change around the world. It will likely provide a rigorous analysis of how climate change is affecting natural and human systems, what the impacts will be in the future and how far adaptation and mitigation can reduce these impacts. The report also contains chapters on specific systems, sectors and regions.

On April 17, 2007 the Committee will again be among the first to hear directly from scientists who authored this latest IPCC report.  In February, the Committee was the first Congressional Committee to hear from the authors of the Working Group I Report.