My analysis of the history of the IPCC's 'burning embers' diagram has now been published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. I've written a short post for the Geography Directions blog which offers an introduction to some of the themes which the paper addresses. A little while ago I also wrote a blog post which put the IPCC's new version of the diagram in historical context: see here. Below is the new paper's abstract:
|The updated embers (right), showing risks and impacts |
associated with different warming scenarios (left).
This paper represents the last main empirical publication from my PhD thesis which means that, aside from a review article and a couple of related book chapters currently in preparation, I can now turn my attention to other things, like my developing project on colonial meteorology and histories of scientific internationalism in the British Empire, which I'll try to blog about soon.
Publishing in Transactions always means an extra-stringent review process, and the paper was undoubtedly improved by the feedback of the reviewers and the editor, so my thanks to them. Thanks also to all those who I interviewed as part of the project, whose recollections and explanations were crucial in making sense of this fascinating episode in the history of climate change science. It is a story which is still unfolding, with the IPCC Working Group II having published an updated version of the diagram (pictured), and negotiations underway on the contents of the overarching Synthesis Report - the document in which the first embers appeared in 2001. Hopefully I'll be able to follow-up on these latest developments in due course.