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Santiago Saez Moreno
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Tuesday, 06 November 2018

A Left-Wing Look At What The IPCC Said And The News Missed

Last month, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report which has become the main focus for both news and conversation in the climate sphere. The report is a compilation and assessment of several thousand papers, reviewed by dozens of scientists, and tries to answer three main questions: How does a 1.5ºC world look like? How does it differ from a 2ºC world? And how do we get there?

For those who keep an eye on climate news, the IPCC report will not have come as a surprise. As it is an analysis of already published papers, there is literally no new information in it. However, many news organizations have framed it as if there was (as they did with the 'Hothouse Earth' paper a month earlier). That has made some of the most interesting angles of the report go underreported.

This podcast, published three weeks ago, is both a bit outdated and a bit US-centered, but the first 20 minutes are still some of the best I've found about the historic report in audio format (in written, Carbon Brief's Q&A is unbeatable). The anchors are knowledgeable and keep their biases above the table. Yes, they are left-wing and yes, they are American. But they know what they're talking about.

The most important idea here is that, regardless of whether we make it to 1.5ºC or not, and it certainly looks like the odds are stacked against us, what's really important is adaptation and a change in the economic model:

"No matter what level of warming you get to, the amount of suffering that there's going to be will depend, to a huge extent, on whether we make investments in things like social equality, education, public services, smarter infrastructure and so on."

After the initial analysis, the podcast goes on to discuss American politics and the importance of different policies to produce a reduction of emissions. To top it off, on the podcast's website you find links to all the articles mentioned, and some more. All in all, a very interesting take on the science and psychology of climate change.

A Left-Wing Look At What The IPCC Said And The News Missed
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