Reading the IPCC Synthesis Report: Summary for Policymakers (2008)



A video reading of the Summary for Policymakers for the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) on climate change science. Shot in one take, the video reading addresses the intersection of climate change and questions of political participation.

The Synthesis Report is the last installment of the Fourth Assessment Report, the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Summary for Policymakers is a synopsis of the reports intended to aid policymakers. During the approval process, government delegations have the opportunity to make line-by-line changes to the summary, with approval from the 'Lead Authors'. The previous three installments examined the physical science basis for climate change, the impacts of climate change, and solutions to climate change (1).


DVC Pro HD Video, looped, 38:53 minutes

Read by: Amy Balkin
Production Assistance: Christian Bruno and Sam Green
Based on a draft prepared by: Lenny Bernstein, Peter Bosch, Osvaldo Canziani, Zhenlin Chen, Renate Christ, Ogunlade Davidson, William Hare, Saleemul Huq, David Karoly, Vladimir Kattsov, Zbigniew Kundzewicz, Jian Liu, Ulrike Lohmann, Martin Manning, Taroh Matsuno, Bettina Menne, Bert Metz, Monirul Mirza, Neville Nicholls, Leonard Nurse, Rajendra Pachauri, Jean Palutikof, Martin Parry, Dahe Qin, Nijavalli Ravindranath, Andy Reisinger, Jiawen Ren, Keywan Riahi, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Matilde Rusticucci, Stephen Schneider, Youba Sokona, Susan Solomon, Peter Stott, Ronald Stouffer, Taishi Sugiyama, Rob Swart, Dennis Tirpak, Coleen Vogel, Gary Yohe.

Produced with support from Cape Farewell.


(1) The Pew Center on Global Climate Change,