Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 1155–1158, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-1155-2018

Special issue: ESD Ideas

Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 1155–1158, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-1155-2018

ESD Ideas 04 Oct 2018

ESD Ideas | 04 Oct 2018

ESD Ideas: a simple proposal to improve the contribution of IPCC WGI to the assessment and communication of climate change risks

Rowan T. Sutton

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The purpose of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to provide policy-relevant assessments of the scientific evidence about climate change. Policymaking necessarily involves risk assessments, so it is important that IPCC reports are designed accordingly. This paper proposes a specific idea, illustrated with examples, to improve the contribution of IPCC Working Group I to informing climate risk assessments.
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