15 Nov '11, 3pm

Dot Earth Blog: Closeup: Climate Extremes and Global Warming

Later this week, as I noted on Monday , the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, meeting in Kampala, Uganda, will issue its report on ways to manage risks from extreme events in a changing climate . A few hours ago, I was able to catch Chris Field, a leader of the panel’s Working Group 2 focused on impacts and adaptation for a brief text chat on the challenges in this charged arena. Passions are heightened by extraordinary recent climate-related disasters and concerns in poor countries that they’re already being affected by a greenhouse-gas buildup mainly caused (so far) by rich countries. But despite decades of work on greenhouse-driven warming, research aimed at clarifying how greenhouse-driven global warming will affect the rarest categories of raging floods, searing droughts and potent storms is both limited and laden with uncertainty. Below you can read my chat ...

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