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Why This IPCC Climate Report Is Different

By Stephen Lacey

Thousands of scientists have spent decades pouring over every measurement and research report known. The findings are clearer than ever: It is “virtually certain” that the increases in extreme temperatures and droughts are caused by human activity.


In Climate Coverage, Reporting the Grim Facts, but Also the Fight

By Katie Van Syckle Photo: Jonah Kessel/The New York Times

The United Nations recently released a major scientific report concluding that a hotter future is certain but that there is still a chance to prevent the most dire outcomes. Brad Plumer, a climate reporter for The New York Times, says there is a consensus among scientists on what must happen to limit global warming: Nations need to stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.


Cartoonists’ ‘Code Red’ caricatures of new IPCC report

By Michael Svoboda

The first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report, described by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as “code red for humanity,” was released August 9 amidst a maelstrom of highly charged news stories.


Climate change a ‘code red for humanity’ — and the Great Lakes

By The Editorial Board Photo: Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

A recent report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a 4,000-page document viewed as the most comprehensive look at climate ever undertaken. Among the findings: “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.”


Finding the Will to Stave Off a Darker Future

By The Editorial Board Photo: Alyssa Schukar

In June 1988 a NASA scientist, Dr. James Hansen, appeared on a very hot day in Washington and told a group of powerful senators that a grim future lay ahead. Carbon emissions, he said, had raised average global temperatures to the highest levels in recorded human history, bringing heat waves, droughts and other disruptions to people’s lives. “The greenhouse effect has been detected,” he said, “and it is changing our climate now.”


Climate scientists have a message for the world: Don’t give up

By Chelsea Harvey Photo: NASA/Newscom

Climate change is real, it’s happening now, and it’s wreaking havoc across the world. So said a much-anticipated report released Monday by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that has inspired dire headlines and international hand-wringing over the starkest warnings yet about droughts, floods, fires, extreme heat, rising sea levels and melting ice.


Scientists say this invisible gas could seal our fate on climate change

By Rachel Ramirez

Slashing carbon dioxide emissions is critical to ending the climate crisis. But, for the first time, the UN climate change report emphasized the need to control a more insidious culprit: methane, an invisible, odorless gas with more than 80 times more warming power in the near-term than carbon dioxide. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the concentration of methane in the atmosphere is higher now than any time in at least 800,000 years.


How IPCC went from ‘not proven’ that we cause climate change in 1990 to ‘we are guilty’ in 2021

By Ben Santer Photo: Getty Images

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) advises the world’s governments on climate change science, impacts and response strategies, and recently released their latest report on climate change science. It was the sixth in a series of scientific assessments that began in 1990.


‘Code Red’ Climate Activism Art Around the World

By Kathleen Rellihan Photo: Zaria Forman

“Engaging with art can make the world felt. And this feeling spurs thinking, connection and even action,” says Olafur Eliasson, the Danish-Icelandic climate-focused artist, about the power of art as activism.


Five takeaways from the IPCC’s 2021 climate science report

By Isabelle Gerretsen Photo: Subrata Biswas / Greenpeace

The UN’s climate science body has published a major report on the physical changes happening and projected to occur as a result of human activity, from devastating floods to destructive wildfires.