It’s hard to read about climate change. By that, I mean it’s literally difficult to decipher the latest summary from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is the international body set up in 1988 to assess the evidence, impacts, and future risks of climate change. Its latest report focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, a topic it would behoove us all to understand better.
The executive summary, made public today in Yokohama, Japan, is a slog to read, as one might expect of a document that lists 70 “drafting authors,” but the message is pretty clear: The effects of climate change are already being felt everywhere, and no one will remain untouched. Here are five key points: