Building Climate Knowledge Infrastructures

Aerial fisheye view of a city

A Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Dr. Paul N. Edwards, talks about knowledge infrastructures and geoengineering, as well as policy and visual aspects of the landmark report on climate change.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with the Sixth Assessment Report released by the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) in August 2021. According to the IPCC itself, the report addresses “the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.”

What the scientists found is far from encouraging—UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the document as “code red for humanity,” and for good reasons. In the best of the possible scenarios, a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature increase relative to the pre-industrial period is in place; in the less rosy ones, civilization is threatened by catastrophic events that follow one another as a result of a 4.5+ degree Celsius warming. Read more.