UN climate panel to examine extreme events

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10:24 AM June 29th, 2011

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June 29th, 2011 10:24 AM

UNITED NATIONS — The chairman of a top U.N. climate panel says it will release a new report in November examining the link between climate change and extreme events like floods and drought that are taking place around the world.

Rajendar Pachauri, chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told reporters Tuesday that the panel has already reported that extreme events are increasing.

He said he didn’t know whether recent Russia fires and floods in the U.S., Pakistan, and Queensland, Australia, would be included “but we certainly will be able to provide a substantial body of knowledge which will tell you what the patterns and trends are, and what are the kinds of adaptation measures that should be adopted to take care of these impacts.”

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