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Making Sense of the IPCC Report and how the Media Succeeds (and fails) in Explaining It:  Guest Dr. Katharine Mach

Making Sense of the IPCC Report and how the Media Succeeds (and fails) in Explaining It: Guest Dr. Katharine Mach

Update: 2022-06-20


In episode 165 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Katharine Mach. Katharine is a Professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and is a lead author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. Katharine explains the process of drafting the report; how the media succeeds and fails at communicating the urgency of the report; Doug and Katharine also discuss a need to rethink the role and purpose of the IPCC report to help elevate the urgency of the message it’s sending. Katharine also explains a paper on “the concept of risk” she co-authored for the IPCC. In addition, we hear how the University of Miami is bringing adaptation and resilience into its curriculum.

Topics covered:

  • IPCC is a grand partnership between the governments of the world.
  • How did the media do in reporting on the IPCC report?
  • The IPCC has zero regulatory authority over sovereign nations.
  • What does it mean to be a lead author for the IPCC.
  • Many developing countries don’t have the climate data and experts that developed countries have.
  • How can the IPCC be relevant to adaptation planners in the U.S.
  • Who is the audience for the IPCC report and how do you communicate to different audiences.
  • How can American policymakers make use of the IPCC report.
  • Adaptation education at the University of Miami.

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Making Sense of the IPCC Report and how the Media Succeeds (and fails) in Explaining It:  Guest Dr. Katharine Mach

Making Sense of the IPCC Report and how the Media Succeeds (and fails) in Explaining It: Guest Dr. Katharine Mach

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