ipcc Articles

  • Interpreting the IPCC emissions scenarios

    This paper discusses how two sets of emissions scenarios, generated using the Atmospheric Stabilization Framework, were used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In particular, it discusses how the scenarios were specified, what roles models played in developing the scenarios, and how the scenarios were interpreted by participants in the IPCC process. It draws ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Three ways to strengthen IPCC reports

    As the UN’s COP 21 meeting in Paris, France, draws closer, the future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is under consideration. In numerous consultations from Nairobi to Berlin, member countries and scientists are discussing what’s next for the body whose scientific assessments have underpinned the UN ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Q&A: The IPCC’s Rajendra K. Pachauri on climate technology

    As the first part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which deals with the physical science of climate change, is launched this week (30 January), SciDev.Net speaks to Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, the panel’s chair, about science and the climate ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • IPCC 5th Assessment Affirms Human Impact on Climate Change; Impacts Mounting Faster

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Working Group 1 (WG1) portion of its fifth assessment of climate change. Following a review of the most recent authoritative scientific evidence, the WG1 report focuses on the physical science of our climate system and climate change. Representing ...

  • How the media is creating a climate for change

    IPCC chair R. K. Pachauri calls on journalists to maintain focus on the scientific rationale for action in their coverage of climate change. The media has played a central role in spreading awareness on climate change over the past two years. I find this particularly satisfying because when I was elected vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1997, I highlighted the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Inventory of US greenhouse gas emissions and sinks: 1990 – 2006

    An emissions inventory that identifies and quantifies a country's primary anthropogenic sources and sinks of greenhouse gases is essential for addressing climate change. This inventory adheres to both 1) a comprehensive and detailed set of methodologies for estimating sources and sinks of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, and 2) a common and consistent mechanism that enables Parties to the United ...

  • Say what you mean

    There may be no more important documents being produced today for governments, policy makers and the general public to understand than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments. Yet these reports have to go through a series of filters — government aides, the media, non-governmental organizations, etc. — before their messages reach the final audience. While the IPCC ...


    By Ensia

  • Climate change policies in Europe: national plans, EU policies, and the international context

    Climate change policies in Europe can be characterised by two broad, though certainly not universal, consensuses. The first is that climate change is a serious problem. The second is that we should not do anything serious about it. This paper examines the characteristics of, and pressures on, each of these two consensuses, and explores where the obvious tension that is embodied in them may lead. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The scientific basis for the prediction of climate change

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published a Supplementary Report updating and supporting the First Assessment of 1990 and their findings are summarised here. If greenhouse emissions continue at the present level, the Report estimates a global temperature increase of 0.3% per decade – a rate probably greater than any since the last ice age. Sulphur pollution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Global climate change

    Qn October 12, 2007, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore for their efforts to develop and disseminate greater knowledge about climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract climate change. In bestowirig the award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee noted: “Indications of changes in the earth’s ...

  • Estimating national landfill methane emissions

    This paper estimates national methane emissions from solid waste disposal sites in Panama over the time period 1990–2020 using both the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Waste Model spreadsheet and the default emissions estimate approach presented in the 1996 IPCC Good Practice Guidelines. The IPCC Waste Model has the ability to calculate emissions from a variety of solid ...

  • Note: carbon-cycle estimation: a plea for measurement of ocean carbon dioxide concentrations

    Unless an effort is made to measure the carbon dioxide content of the oceans, the ability of researchers to distinguish between absorption by oceanic and by biotic sinks related to carbon emissions will remain imperfect. This uncertainty presently limits the ability of policy-makers to set a carbon emissions target fully consistent with that for carbon dioxide concentrations.Keywords: ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Note: the Kyoto instruments: are they adequate for achieving the stabilisation of carbon dioxide concentrations?

    It is argued that reaching stabilisation of carbon dioxide concentrations will require new policy instruments. The Kyoto instruments, while they serve to begin the process of emissions reductions, are only a first step in a process that will span many decades at a minimum. The new instruments should be directly aimed at R&D for developing the new non-carbon sources of energy.Keywords: IPCC, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Long-term increase in climatic dryness in the East-Mediterranean as evidenced for the island of Samos

    The Eastern Mediterranean region is among the regions which were predicted to become drier under IPCC climate scenarios. Here, we document a gradual reduction of rainfall and tree growth and the loss of rural springs during the last decades of the twentieth century. Years with severe drought are associated with very low tree growth (dendrochronology) and dry falling of springs as evidenced by ...


    By Springer

  • Climate Change 2014; Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) - The Synthesis Report (SYR) Longer Report

    The Synthesis Report (SYR) of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, emphasizing new results since the publication of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 (AR4). The SYR synthesizes the main findings of the AR5 (IPCC) based on contributions from Working Group I (The Physical Science Basis), Working Group ...

  • Economics of climate change after Rio: building on experience

    This paper reviews the lessons learnt from both OECD technical studies of the economics of climate change and from the process of negotiating the Framework Convention on Climate Change. It concludes with a discussion of future OECD priorities.Keywords: carbon tax, climate change economics, carbon dioxide, Framework Convention, GREEN model, IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Prospects for future climate change and the reasons for early action

    The 2008 A&WMA Critical Review, which was entitled “Prospects for Future Climate Change and the Reasons for Early Action,” focused on the vital issue of global climate change. During the presentation of the review on June 25, 2008, in Portland, OR, Dr. Michael C. MacCracken, chief scientist for climate change programs at the Climate Institute in Washington, DC, gave an overview of the basic ...

  • Systematic monthly climate changes in the northern and southern hemispheres

    A new comprehensive analysis of the monthly surface temperatures published data in the northern and southern hemispheres is presented. Linear regressions between surface temperatures and CO2 concentrations at consecutive latitude geographical regions indicated that there is a systematic opposite global warming effect between mirror regions on the northern and southern ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Climate Change Convention: how it was made and what it means

    This paper describes the origins and intentions of the Climate Change Convention which was opened for signature at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) last year.Keywords: Climate Change Convention, European Community, financial resources, Framework Convention, international law, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, OECD, technology transfer, UNCED, United Nations, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • British Columbia`s climate action plan

    We’ve all seen signs that our climate is changing – from devastating storms, to longer summer droughts, to the warmer winters linked to the mountain pine beetle epidemic threatening Interior forests. Some people argue that these changes are natural; that the earth’s climactic patterns have always varied from year to year and decade to decade. However, in November 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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