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Have climate change predictions matched reality? Podcast

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For decades, scientists have warned that unchecked global warming could bring climate extremes such as severe droughts, flash floods and rising sea levels. In this episode of The Conversation Weekly, we talk to three climate change experts on how predictions of a changing world are holding up against the reality we’re living through.

From heatwaves across North America, to flash floods in China and fires smouldering across Siberia, 2021 has brought a steady stream of climate extremes. In August, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of the latest Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report, warned that as the earth continues to warm, scientists expect to see “extremes that are unprecedented in magnitude, frequency, timing or in regions that have never encountered those kind of extremes”.

For Christopher White, these strong statements show just how far climate science has come since the IPCC’s first reports in the 1990s. White, head of the Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, tell us that as attribution science – the........

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