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June 3rd at 2pm Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room.
It has been some months since the last Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate was approved in Yokohama, Japan. This talk will focus on what is new and significant in this report, and will reflect on some challenges (and opportunities) inherent in the IPCC’s efforts to connect the domains of science and decision-making. Many of these challenges spring from the fact that the IPCC is a deliberative process that involves synthesis of scientific information from physical and social sciences, but is also a social process directed towards giving policy makers the tools the they need to create substantive progress on climate change issues. As such, it may inform - but never prescribe- decision making, and input from policy makers becomes an iterative step in creating the final message.