Research Day 5: IPCC Report

The last of the skims! I’m excited to check this stage of the reading project off my (alarmingly engorged) to-do list.

I just finished skimming WORKING GROUP III CONTRIBUTION
TO THE IPCC SIXTH ASSESSMENT REPORT (AR6).
I read the Summary for Policy Makers, and found a few areas where I may want more detail. For those areas I’ll dip into the full document.

Now for the Q&A.

  1. What is the document, in simple terms?
    • It gives a big picture overview of the mitigation measures needed and global trends.
    • Here’s what the authors say: “The Working Group III (WG III) contribution to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) assesses literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change.”
  2. When is it from?
    • Finalized in April 2022.
  3. What type of language does it use – legalese, engineering-speak, or layman-friendly?
    • It didn’t use any specialized language, except for some climate change & policy terms that it defined within the document. So I’d say layman-friendly, if a little dense.
  4. What am I looking for in this document?
    • This document introduced me to the idea of enabling conditions:
    • “Literature explores how development choices and the establishment of enabling conditions for action and support influence the feasibility and the cost of limiting emissions.”
    • So I’m curious about how we can contribute to these enabling conditions.
  5. How many (readable) pages is it, excluding appendices and references?
    • 63 pages.
  6. What cited resources do I want to add to my TBR (‘to be read’)?
    • None so far.

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Yay! Now I have an overview of what I’m covering, so the next stage of reading feels much more manageable.

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