by Kevin Schofield
This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its new Sixth Assessment Report on the current scientific consensus on where things stand with regard to our changing global climate. It’s an update on its last report (the Fifth Assessment) from 2013, with hundreds of scientists from all over the world collaborating to provide both assessments of the current climate and also updated models of what is most likely to happen from here.
The new report is 3,949 pages. That is a “long read” even outside of my tolerance, so I’m not going to suggest that you read it. Instead, I’m going to point you to three much shorter documents to read:
- IPCC’s Summary for Policymakers;
- IPCC’s Regional Fact Sheet for Central and North America, which focuses on the present and future impacts of climate change here in our own backyard; and
- An excellent summary by the news site Quartz on the key findings from the full report.