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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Latin America

This report presents key recommendations from the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report based on extracted Latin America-specific data, trends and analysis. This is not an official IPCC publication.
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What’s in it for Latin America? presents key findings from the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) for Latin America. It extracts Latin America-specific data, trends and analysis directly from AR5, summarising it in a short volume to make it accessible to all audiences, and highlights key opportunities to achieve adaptation, mitigation and development. The report aims to make the IPCC’s important material more accessible and usable and responds to wide demand for this type of information.

The guide is part of a suite of materials to promote the key findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, which include companion volumes for Africa, South Asia and Small Island Developing States. Please visit for the publications and a range of communications resources, including free-to-use images and infographics.

This report is also available in Spanish (see further Resources).

Key messages

  1. Latin America’s climate is already changing and the impacts already are being felt
  2. Further climate change is inevitable in the coming decades
  3. Climate change poses challenges to growth and development in Latin America
  4. Adaptation will bring immediate benefits and reduce the impacts of climate change in Latin America
  5. Adaptation is fundamentally about risk management
  6. Adaptation experience in Latin America is growing and regional cooperation is helping to facilitate adaptation at scale
  7. Some low-carbon development options may be less costly in the long run and could offer new economic opportunities for Latin America
  8. Latin America stands to benefit from further integration of climate adaptation, mitigation and development approaches
  9. International cooperation is vital to avert dangerous climate change and Latin American governments can promote ambitious global action

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