October’s IPCC report about the 1.5 vs. 2 degrees C warming goals may well be the year’s most important climate news. But for those who didn’t read all about it when the IPCC report was first released – and who don’t really want to tackle all 400+ hard-to-read pages (never mind all the notes and supplementary material), here are some shortcuts.

Two excellent and readable overviews are Coral Davenport’s story in the New York Times and the thorough Q&A in Carbon Brief. Perhaps the best quick take on the report is by Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich, also in the NYT.

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In adition, these two pieces offer interesting comments from leading climate scientists not personally involved in the IPCC report: first, from Carbon Brief, on the key findings; and second, from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, on how the report understates the threat from tipping points and feedback loops.

To glimpse “The Hope at the Heart of the Apocalyptic Climate Change Report,” see this interesting argument in Foreign Policy about the benefits of reducing consumption at structural scales (in contrast to the barriers to carbon capture, especially via biomass).

Or, of course, you could dive in to the IPCC report itself. As is usual for those documents, the Summary for Policy Makers and the FAQs are reasonably understandable for non-scientist audiences.

Next time: words of hope and encouragement in wake of ‘dire’ IPCC report.


This series is curated and written by retired Colorado State University English professor and close climate change watcher SueEllen Campbell of Colorado. To flag works you think warrant attention, send an e-mail to ICYMI@yaleclimateconnections.org any time. Let us hear from you.

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