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Climate Change and the News Webinar: What’s New in the U.S. Climate Science Special Report?

According to the Climate Science Special Report recently released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, we are living in the warmest period “in the history of modern civilization.” The report summarizes thousands of research studies that have documented the effects of global warming on ocean life, flooding, and extreme weather, with a focus on U.S. impacts.

What are the implications of this 477-page report? How should we interpret the latest climate projections? What does the document tell us about how climate change is affecting our lives and what we might expect in the near future?

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute hosted a free Climate Change and the News webinar, November 18, featuring Columbia University climate scientist Radley Horton, one of the authors of the Climate Science Special Report.


Horton, whose research focuses on extreme weather events, the limitations of climate models, and adaptation to climate change, will highlight the report’s conclusions and its significance for journalists and broader public audiences. He serves on numerous national and international task forces and committees, including the Climate Scenarios Task Force in support of the 2018 National Climate Assessment, and frequently appears on national and international television, radio, and in print.

This Climate Change and the News webinar was part of Metcalf Institute’s 20th anniversary celebration of bringing science to the conversation.