The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released part of a major report on the current state of the climate crisis, AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Hundreds of climate scientists were tasked with providing a physical science basis for policymakers to understand the past, present, and future of global warming. This is the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report on the state of the climate crisis.
Dr. Ed Hawkins, one of the lead authors of the report, joins the show to explain some of the report’s biggest findings, what it means for our climate future, and what we should learn to act now to avoid the worst consequences yet to come. Dr. Hawkins is a professor of climate science at the University of Reading and internationally known for the creation of the climate stripes, which are the visualization of warming over time. Everywhere you look you see Dr. Hawkins’ climate stripes, on social media with #ShowYourStripes, on t-shirts, even during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.