The MIT Press Blog: What the New IPCC Report Can’t Say

“If this report is to catalyze action, we have to avoid the temptation to shrug our shoulders and say this is just another in a long line of reports predicting doom and asking for urgent action. This is a political choice—what the report demonstrates is that predicted changes owing to climate change are occurring as expected, and will continue to accelerate at a faster pace than previous reports indicated. It does not frame or ensure a political response because some political leaders and their backers who profess to accept the science do not believe even the certainty of catastrophic climate change at higher temperatures should concern us now.”