Assignment One

Assignment One: Article Summary
Mathew Lukash
University of Saskatchewan
Article Summary
In the article “Make climate-change assessments more relevant,” by Stephane Hallegatte and Katharine J. Mach they attempt to speak to the academic community as a whole regarding issues relating to climate change. They offer different ways that climate research and the results of it could be more efficiently presented to policymakers with the intention to make this data more influential on policymaker’s decisions relating to changes to the Earth’s climate. The article gives various examples of how ineffective the modern climate research and results are being presented which according to the authors Stephane Hallegatte and Katharine Mach, lowers the effectiveness of policymakers when discussing new climate policies.
The article focuses on four changes that climate-change researchers should make to deal with the ineffectiveness of the current climate research and result presentation as highlighted by the bold headings. The first one involves diversifying the research methods and ways of assessing the results to include more fields of study to detect and provide solutions for the immediate issues caused by climate-change. In the article they refer to this as “integrating disciplines from the start” peoples (Hallegatte and Mach, 2016, p. 614). The second one recommends that climate-change researchers should expand how they study the issue to better accommodate for the Earth’s variety of environment types and demographics of people. This is referred to in the article as “explore multiple dimensions” (Hallegatte and Mach, 2016, p. 614). The third recommendation aligns with the second one as it involves climate-change researches acknowledging and accepting that with a diverse planet like Earth there will be a variety of outcomes of policy changes and they can’t always be predicted. This third recommendation is referred to in the article as “consider uncertainty” (Hallegatte and Mach, 2016, p. 615). Their fourth and final recommendation is for climate scientists to team up with members of the economic and political fields to better evaluate the effects of possible new policies on the a better variety of factors. This fourth recommendation is listed in the article as “inform holistic solutions” (Hallegatte and Mach, 2016, p. 615).
Hallegatte, S., & Mach, K. J. (2016). Make climate-change assessments more relevant. Nature, 534 (7609), 613-615. doi:10.1038/534613a.