'Big, fast carbon surge: Ice melts, oceans heat and rise. Air warms by decades.' From 'Climate Change Science 2013: Haiku', by Greg Johnson. Graphic: Greg Johnson via Sightline.org

By Anna Fahey
16 December 2013

(sightline.org) – Reports released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) can be daunting, even for science and policy insiders. The full Physical Science Assessment, the first installment of the Fifth Assessment Report [PDF], released in manuscript form earlier this year, is over 2,000 pages long.

And even the Summary for Policymakers, rather optimistically referred to as a “brochure,” is a dense 27 pages.

What if we could communicate the essence of this important information in plain language and pictures? Well, that’s just what one Northwest oceanographer, Greg Johnson, has done. He’s distilled the entire report into 19 illustrated haiku.

The result is stunning, sobering, and brilliant. It’s poetry. It’s a work of art. But it doubles as clear, concise, powerful talking points and a compelling visual guide. [more]

The Entire IPCC Report in 19 Illustrated Haiku

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