Are the Semantics of Climate Change Assessments Fooling Us?

June 11, 2014 7:43 PM

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1990. The year Milli Vaninilli broke our hearts and Edward Scissorhands warmed them. Nirvana had not yet released their epic sophomore album Nevermind which subsequently changed my life forever, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the very first Assessment Report on Climate Change.

The report does contain warnings about effects of climate change in its “Summary for Policymakers” section (which is great, because how many policymakers really read the whole report?), but when the document is read more thoroughly, some of the language weakens the urgency for climate change action.

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