It is unlikely that readers missed the comprehensive coverage of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. This assessment of the current thinking on the science of climate change generated acres of media coverage, but the overall message remains: the climate is warming and we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change on natural and human systems. We include some key links below, along with some discussion you may not have seen, looking at the IPCC itself as well as climate change science communication challenges.
- IPCC fifth Assessment Report
- Climate News Network: The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report
- BBC news: IPCC climate report: humans ‘dominant cause’ of warming
- GOV.UK: Government response to IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
- The Conversation: What is the IPCC anyway, and how does it work?
- The Conversation: How to read an IPCC report
Reporting uncertainty and climate, and climate sceptics:
- Climate News Network: Climate reporters ‘must explain risk’
- Reuters Institute: Climate change in the media: reporting risk and uncertainty
- The Conversation: Climate change is not all disaster and uncertainty
- Envrionmental Researchweb: Warming is not the crucial uncertainty
- The Guardian: BBC coverage of IPCC climate report criticised for sceptics’ airtime
- The Conversation: Scientists should engage in policy, but it’s a balancing act
- The Guardian: Global warming sceptics using media campaign to discredit IPCC