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The Best Climate Science You’ve Never Heard Of

By Dr. Michael E. Mann, Saleemul Huq, Mark Hertsgaard, and Laura Helmuth - Covering Climate Now, February 2, 2022

On February 17, CCNow held a joint press briefing with Scientific American on a little-known scientific development that carries paradigm-shifting implications for how people think and feel about the climate crisis and how governments and societies respond to it.

Most journalists have long echoed what we thought was the scientific consensus: Even if greenhouse gas emissions stop, global temperatures will keep rising for 30 to 40 more years, mainly because of carbon dioxide’s long lifetime in the atmosphere. But in fact the latest science doesn’t say that. The lag time for temperature rise would actually be as little as 3 to 5 years, as was noted in the latest IPCC report last August and explained in a Scientific American article last October.

With the next IPCC report scheduled for release on February 28 this webinar will help journalists get up to speed on this and other key aspects of the latest science. Note: The IPCC has extended its deadline to Feb 22 to register for an embargoed version of the Working Group II report assessing climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

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