The latest climate update from the United Nations comes from a scientific working group with a name as daunting as the information its members convey: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Their 2021 report came out ahead of the next global meeting in November in Scotland. Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, the report says, giving the physical science basis for the unfolding phenomenon.
More easily digested than the nearly 4,000-page report is a quick video summary by Miriam Nielsen, a k a zentouro, posted here. Nielsen notes:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released their latest assessment report on the physical science basis of climate change. If the last few reports are any indication, we’re hopefully going to see a groundswell of climate action — here are my highlights of the report and a bit about how you can use its information to fight the climate crisis.
The IPCC Interactive Atlas: interactive-atlas.ipcc.ch
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the content of this report, or just looking for tools to combat climate dread, despair, or eco-anxiety, here are the places I turn for guidance:
The Gen Dread newsletter: gendread.substack.com
Mary Annaïse Heglar on how to deal with climate despair:
vox.com/first-person/2018… and newrepublic.com/article/15705
I also made a video a few years ago about eco-anxiety:
Want to watch more climate YouTubers talk about the report? Check out Ella’s video on what the report says about the cryosphere here: youtube.com/watch?v=Awmx9…
Or watch ClimateAdam’s explainer that has an important section on AMOC: youtu.be/b-IPsCWVIRA