Scientists say that 2021 is our last chance to stop the effects of climate change from fundamentally disrupting the weather patterns we've relied on for millennia. After a year’s delay due to COVID, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference - also known as COP26 - is about to begin in Glasgow, providing a crucial opportunity for more than 100 world leaders to come together and chart our future on this planet. But what do the climate scientists themselves think of this pivotal moment? This week, Cosmos journalist Lauren Fuge, speaks to five Australian climate scientists – one each day - to give you an insider’s guide into what's at stake at COP26, what to look out for, and what their hopes and fears are.
Today, we talk to Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, a climate scientist interested in extreme events. She is currently an ARC Future Fellowship, a chief investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, and a senior lecturer at the School of Science, UNSW Canberra.
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