IPCC report: Humans’ role in climate crisis ‘unequivocal’

The publication of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report on climate change has alerted governments, businesses and societies around the world to the climate crisis, with hard evidence backing the authors’ case for urgent action.

Reuben Fellow Friederike (Fredi) Otto is a lead author of the report, contributing to the chapter on “Weather and climate extreme events in a changing climate” and the Summary for Policymakers. Her work on weather attribution science was recently featured in the press, as she commented on the evidence of links between extreme weather events and human-induced climate change. 

As a world leader in the emerging field of attribution science, Fredi has played an important role in speeding up the process of analysing weather events and, through powerful computer simulations, quantifying the contribution of human influences on their frequency and scale. This is absolutely critical to informing policies that will address environmental challenges at the pace and level required to avert catastrophic climate change.   

As she told The Guardian following the publication of the IPCC report, “Climate change is already here. There are things we can stop from getting worse, but there are a lot of changes that are already here.”

Fredi Otto is Associate Director of the Environmental Change Institute and co-investigator with the World Weather Attribution initiative.

Follow the links below to access some of the recent articles in the press, which have featured comment by Fredi Otto.

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