Texas A&M Experts on Climate Change
Source Newsroom: Texas A&M University
The College of Geosciences at Texas A&M has experts who can answer media inquiries about the science of climate change, especially at it relates to the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
The IPCC, specifically its Working Group I that evaluates the physical science of climate change, will present its Fifth Assessment Report Summary for Policy Makers. (http://www.climatechange2013.org/) Sept. 27, in Stockholm, Sweden.
While the report is unlikely to contain much new information regarding the well understood basics of planetary warming such as greenhouse gases and greenhouse heating, ocean acidification, or sea-level rise, it is likely to convey a message of increased scientific certainty of how humans have affected global climate, and the steadily increasing risks to societies under current global business-as-usual CO2 emissions scenarios.
A consistent gap remains among the scientific consensus on global warming, namely that the planet warms, that this warming is dominated by human greenhouse gas emissions, and that continued unmitigated emissions will have significant adverse societal impacts, and the general public’s perception of what the science says. Thus, accurate reporting to the public is an important service, and Geosciences faculty can work with media in assessing the IPCC report, and the science, policy and public perception of climate change.