Dr. Susan Crate part of a U.N. special report that warns of dire consequences if global climate change goes unchecked


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases “The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” report that warns about the dangers ahead from climate change.

This special report from a U.N. body assesses the impacts of climate change on ocean, coastal, polar and mountain ecosystems, and the human communities inhabiting those areas, highlight the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere (the frozen parts of the Earth) and options for adaptation and climate resilient development.

Dr. Susan Crate, professor of anthropology in the department of environmental science and policy, was among the more than 100 authors from 30 countries to produce the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).” Crate contributed as a lead author on Chapter One of SROCC which framed the rest of the report.

Read the full GMU press release here:



Mason News coverage on 10/01/2019: https://www2.gmu.edu/news/579886

For those who are interested in further reading of Dr. Crate’s work on highlighting the effects of climate change:

The Washington Post cited Dr. Crate in the news story “2°C: Beyond the Limit – Radical warming in Siberia leaves millions on unstable ground” published on October 3, 2019: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-environment/climate-change-siberia/

The NY Times reviewed her 2016 documentary film, The Antropologist:


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