Posted: 17 Nov 2022 by Poppy Gardner

The Sixth IPCC Assessment Report

On the 28th February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its sixth summary report for global policymakers. The Sixth IPCC Assessment Report presents the findings of IPCC’s Working Group II to provide an insight on the interdependencies of climate, ecosystems, biodiversity and human societies.

If policymakers are to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, then it’s imperative they’re working from a gathering of reliable data.

The IPCC assessment of heat stress

The IPCC’s data confirmed a global surface temperature increase of 1.09. This reading is based on data for the period between 2011-2020 compared with temperature readings between 1850-1900.

It shows the negative impact this has had on agriculture in certain territories. The increased heat stressing has resulted in both crop losses and a reduction in quality.

Tropical and sub/tropical areas have seen heat stressing reduce the yield of fruits and vegetables, particularly during pollination. Given how vital above ground annual crops are for sustaining human life, this will indeed be a cause for concern.

A sixth warning about global warming

The finger is being pointed at human-induced carbon increase in the atmosphere. The report goes on to state that:

“There is growing evidence that human-induced climate warming has amplified climate extreme events, but detection and attribution of food insecurity to anthropogenic climate change is still limited by a lack of long-term data and complexity of food systems.”

Greenhouse gases are important for regulating the Earth’s surface temperature. However, achieving the right balance of these quantities is a key factor in maintaining an environment for sustainable crop production.

Differing Impacts

The IPCC’s report confirmed that increases in temperature have actually benefited areas in higher latitudes. The increase in temperature has by contrast, reduced the effects of cold stressing. Therefore, yields of rice and wheat are showing an increase in East Asia and North America.

Could this signal a trend in supply chains shifting toward territories with higher yields of produce? And if so, what can be done to mitigate the negative social impacts on people that depend on agricultural income in tropical areas?

Gaining transparency in supply chains

The IPCC lists three key concepts:

      • Vulnerability
      • Adaptation and
      • Resilience

    So the questions to ask are:

    What areas are most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change?

    What actions can be taken to adapt to these challenges?

    And how can we build resilience for the future?

The STAR Index platform captures, measures, reports and improves on the risks in your supply chain. With environmental and food concerns being so closely correlated, it’s important to have the right technology to help you mitigate the risks within your supply chain.

The negative effect of climate change is a multi-sector concern that requires a multi-sector solution.

STAR Index has a vast array of configurable options for automating supplier scoring and risk assessments. This includes powerful dashboards and analytics that allow you to monitor performance, measure KPIs and data.

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