Hot spots map

Click on an icon on the map to learn more about climate change impacts on that country.

These impacts were highlighted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC)* Fourth Assessment Report (2007).

* IPCC - the consensus on climate change

The United Nations created the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988 as a clearing house for climate science.

The role of the IPCC is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for addressing it. The IPCC does not carry out research itself but bases its assessment on peer reviewed and published scientific/technical literature.

The panel is made up of:
  • 2500+ scientific expert reviewers
  • 800+ contributing authors
  • 450+ lead authors
  • from 130+ countries
Visit the IPCC website
Delegates at the IPCC meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, 2007. / ©: IISD ENB
Delegates at the IPCC meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, 2007.
© IISD ENB

Nobel Peace Prize

In 2007, the IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize for: "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change". They shared the Peace Prize with Al Gore. Watch the 9 min documentary about the IPCC on the Nobel website.

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