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UN Chronicle

The UN Chronicle is a must-read for every concerned world citizen. Produced by the United Nations Department of Public Information, this quarterly journal is your connection to the major political and social issues happening around the world today. In each issue, you'll read about international developments on a wide-range of topics including: human rights, economic, social and political issues, peacekeeping operations, international conferences and upcoming events. Every issue contains in-depth reviews and articles written by leading world figures, which provide an insightful look into the world today. The UN Chronicle also includes a review of current United Nations Security Council and General Assembly sessions.

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Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters

The Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was completed in 2007 stated that: “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.” It also stated that observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly in increases in temperature. Significantly, the AR4 found that since the mid-twentieth century most of the observed increase in global average temperatures is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations. When the term “very likely” is used in this context, it denotes a probability level of 90 per cent or higher.

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