Emily Boyd is lead author for IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report
She recently attended the first meeting of lead authors from Working Group II in Durban, South Africa. Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change and options for adapting to it.
– There is a new sense of urgency, coming from the 1, 5 degree report and an ambition to follow up on the Paris Agreement. The meeting focused both on science and solutions on all levels of society.
More than 250 people met in Durban, and many of the authors were new to working with the IPCC. For this report, the aim is to have 52 percent of new scientists on every chapter team and an even gender balance. The meeting was both inspiring and quite challenging according to Emily Boyd.
– There was a lot of discussion on how to move forward, an on questions of justice, poverty and inequality. These are areas where I feel that I, as Director of LUCSUS, can have an important impact, especially with my work on loss and damage and intersectionality.
The Sixth Assessment Report will be finished in 2021.