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Plain text extracts from the IPCC WGI AR6 report to increase accessibility for the visually impaired, those on low-bandwidth connections or low-powered devices, and for any other accessibility purpose. This site is a hobbyist project by an autistic, dyslexic trans person with information-processing disorders who found the official deliverables from the IPCC to be very inaccessible on a personal level. This site is an attempt to increase access to this critical information for more people. No affiliation with the IPCC is expressed or implied. Fair use rights to any copyrighted material are asserted for reasonable disability accommodations.


Summary and Reference Material

  1. Shared Socioeconomic Pathways
  2. Summary for Policymakers
  3. Technical Summary

Full Report

  1. Chapter 1 - Framing, context, methods
  2. Chapter 2 - Changing state of the climate
  3. Chapter 3 - Human influence on the climate system
  4. Chapter 4 - Future global climate: scenario-based projections and near-term information
  5. Chapter 5 - Global carbon and other biogeochemical cycles and feedbacks
  6. Chapter 6 - Short-lived climate forcers
  7. Chapter 7 - The Earth's energy budget, climate feedbacks, and climate sensitivity
  8. Chapter 8 - Water cycle changes
  9. Chapter 9 - Ocean, cryosphere, and sea level change
  10. Chapter 10 - Linking global to regional climate change
  11. Chapter 11 - Weather and climate extreme events in a changing climate
  12. Chapter 12 - Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment
  13. Atlas (it's more interesting than it sounds, check this one out for sure)

Purpose

The IPCC has produced a comprehensive report on the latest scientific understanding of the on-going climate crisis. The report was leaked to the press and then officially published on August 9, 2021. The documents are made available on the IPCC's website as PDF files, which are a barrier to accessibility for a number of reasons. This site maintains text-only extracts created from the official PDF files for the express purpose of increasing accessibility of the content and/or to help any readers who cannot access the PDFs for whatever reason.

Refer to Chapter 1, Page 5 for a more complete explanation of the IPCC, its structure and history, and the context of this specific report.

In order to understand how our current and future actions relate to future climate impacts the report relies on a concept called Shared Socioeconomic Pathways, or SSPs. Each SSP represents one plausible, comprehensive future scenario for global human actions. The SSPs are narratively explained in the appendix of this paper: The Roads Ahead, the plain-text of those descriptions are also provided on this site.

Available File Types

The same content is presented in two file formats: HTML (above) and Plain Text (below). The HTML files include the ability to easily change fonts and color combinations at the top of each file, and will be updated with additional accessibility features as they are developed.

The text files below are delivered to your browser directly as plain text files with no additional styling, and may be suitable for reading and searching using any software that supports plain text.

If you aren't sure which is right for you: try the HTML first.

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Method

The text extraction was performed using pdftotext (Copyright 2005-2021 The Poppler Developers, Copyright 1996-2011 Glyph & Cog, LLC) with commands like this:

pdftotext -f 19 -l 151 -layout -nodiag -htmlmeta -nopgbrk IPCC_AR6_WGI_Chapter_09.pdf

These extracts begin at the Table of Contents and end before the Acknowledgements and Reference material. Readers should refer to the full documents available on the IPCC's website for the complete versions or for any official purpose. These files are made available only to increase accessibility.


Plain Text Files

Summary and Reference Material

  1. Shared Socioeconomic Pathways
  2. Summary for Policymakers
  3. Technical Summary

Full Report

  1. Chapter 1 - Framing, context, methods
  2. Chapter 2 - Changing state of the climate
  3. Chapter 3 - Human influence on the climate system
  4. Chapter 4 - Future global climate: scenario-based projections and near-term information
  5. Chapter 5 - Global carbon and other biogeochemical cycles and feedbacks
  6. Chapter 6 - Short-lived climate forcers
  7. Chapter 7 - The Earth's energy budget, climate feedbacks, and climate sensitivity
  8. Chapter 8 - Water cycle changes
  9. Chapter 9 - Ocean, cryosphere, and sea level change
  10. Chapter 10 - Linking global to regional climate change
  11. Chapter 11 - Weather and climate extreme events in a changing climate
  12. Chapter 12 - Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment
  13. Atlas

Further Reading

Links to further reading on the IPCC report:

  1. Carbon Brief - In-depth Q&A: The IPCC's sixth assessment report on climate science