After negotiations throughout the night in Brussels, the second installment of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is ready for publication. The Financial Times offers a good summary of the panel’s findings:

Spring is occurring earlier all around the world, and glaciers are melting. The polar ice caps are also melting, sea levels are gradually rising, and wildlife are migrating.

Mr Pachauri [the Panel’s Chair] said one of the most important aspects of the report was the “equity dimension” – that poor countries, which are least able to cope with climate change and which are least responsible for past emissions, are likely to be most affected by it.

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