Challenging Climate

25. Patrick Brown on extreme weather and the obvious climate strategy

December 13, 2022 Jesse Reynolds and Pete Irvine
Challenging Climate
25. Patrick Brown on extreme weather and the obvious climate strategy
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Dr Patrick Brown is the Co-director of the Climate & Energy group at the Breakthrough Institute and Adjunct lecturer in Energy Policy & Climate at Johns Hopkins University. In this episode, we discuss Patrick’s expertise on the economic impacts of extreme weather, and unpack trends and attributable risk. We then venture into a broader scope based on his essay, ‘The obvious climate strategy nobody will talk about’, which carries the rest of the discussion into climate targets and bias in climate communication. 

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Introduction and background
What is the point of learning climate science?
Extreme weather: Intensifying trends, detection, and attributable risk
Balancing the 'risk equation'
The obvious climate strategy nobody will talk about
Are temperature targets arbitrary? What’s the difference between 1.5ºC and 3.0ºC?
The discount rate of climate change
Heat deaths versus cold deaths
Bias in climate communication and academia
What gives you optimism?