Bringing Climate Science to Society
Dr. Shindell engages in many efforts to bring scientific knowledge to the public and to decision makers. This includes participation in national and international assessments, providing expertise to Congress, federal agencies, or bodies such as the Arctic Council nations, educational talks and coursework, etc. Some of those efforts and/or their products can be accessed below (see also the Bringing Science to Congress page).
- Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (2012-present).
The Panel brings the latest scientific knowledge directly to the participating nations and institutions to inform their decision-making regarding efforts to simultaneously improve air quality and mitigate climate change by reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. As of Oct. 2018, there were 61 country partners and more than 50 non-state partners (such as the World Bank, the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, several Development Banks, and the World Health Organization).
In Nov. 2017, the Coalition was given an Ozone Award for Political Leadership in recognition of the Coalition’s efforts to push for the adoption and ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The award was presented at the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Parties to that Protocol. Of the 21 countries ratifying the Kigali Amendment by that time (20 were needed for it to enter into force), 14 were Coalition members.
- Coordinating Lead Author; 2018 Special Report of the IPCC on Global Warming of 1.5 °C.
He co-led the chapter “Mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development” within this report requested of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) by the parties to the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Lead Author of the 2017 UN Environment Emissions Gap Report.
He co-lead the “Bridging the gap – The role of short-lived climate pollutants” chapter within the annual report on actual emissions trends relative to those needed to meet the world’s climate goals. Current national pledges are only ~1/3 of those needed to meet the Paris Climate Agreement’s targets in the least expensive manner.
- Coordinating Lead Author of the 2013 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5).
He co-led the “Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing” chapter within Working Group I (the Physical Science Basis), and was a contributing author to three additional chapters. He was also a co-author of the Summary for Policy Makers.
- Chair of The UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone (2011).
This Assessment provided a thorough, multidisciplinary analysis of the climate, human health and agricultural impacts of black carbon and tropospheric ozone. It provided a menu of emissions control strategies using existing technology that would produce dramatic improvements in human health and agricultural yields while simultaneously reducing the rate of near-term climate change, helping to launch the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
See also the related paper: Shindell, D. et. al., Simultaneously mitigating near-term climate change and improving human health and food security, Science, 335, 183-189, 2012. (available on Multiple Benefits of Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Controls page).
- Co-developer of a Climate Change course for science teachers created by the American Museum of Natural History with support from NASA’s education program (2010-2011).
- Co-Chair of “Climate Projections Based on Emissions Scenarios for Long-Lived and Short-Lived Radiatively Active Gases and Aerosols”, Synthesis & Assessment Product 3.2 of the US Climate Change Science Program (2008).