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The Climate Change Challenge

What is climate change and how will it impact on business?  This report summarises scientific evidence, future potential impacts and implications for business


Publication date: November 2005
Information in this report was correct at the time of publication


Publication date: 14/11/2005

Climate change is emerging as a major challenge for modern society. Government, business, and wider society will all be affected and all have a role to play in tackling it.

This report summarises the nature of the problem. It explains the fundamental science and the accumulating evidence that climate change is real and needs to be addressed. It also explains the future potential impacts, including the outstanding uncertainties.

This report was based on the most authoritative information available at time of publication in 2005. Its messages are still correct. Since then, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its fifth assessment of relevant scientific, technical and economic analysis and concluded that the evidence for human-induced climate change has become stronger.

Download this report:

The Climate Change Challenge (CTC502)


Our report is a summary for business. If you would like to read further, we recommend the Synthesis Report, Summary for Policymakers available on the IPCC website.

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