When Prof. Nathan Bindoff commenced his career, understanding of climate change, and whether the ocean state had changed was still unanswered. Four decades of discoveries have made him a world-renowned researcher in physical oceanography, and an authority on change in the planet’s oceans as a result of man-made changes to the climate. Prof. Bindoff has been the coordinating lead author for the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports from the IPCC. He led the oceans chapter (2007) and the detection and attribution chapter (2013), contributing to the IPCC winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, shared with Al Gore. Prof. Bindoff and his colleagues developed the famous statement: ‘Global warming is unequivocal.’ In 2019, Prof. Bindoff was a lead author on the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
Prof. Bindoff was interviewed by Catherine Praiswater on the Your Positive Impact podcast on his life and work. Prof. Bindoff explains the genesis of the IPCC, and his work with the organisation. Prof. Bindoff is optimistic about our world where humans decide the future to be a sustainable and transformed one that successfully reconciles climate change and our needs for food, energy, and all of life.