Scientists outline framework for new socioeconomic scenarios for exploring climate change impacts and responses
5 November 2010 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is facilitating the further development of socioeconomic scenarios, portraits of possible social and economic futures, by the scientific community. In a three-day workshop in Berlin that concluded on Wednesday, experts in climate change impacts, adaptation, vulnerabilities, and mitigation discussed strategies for increasing the policy relevance of studies that will be assessed in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) to be published in 2014.
18 October 2010 - At the Plenary Session of the IPCC in Busan, South Korea, Francis Yamba has been appointed to Vice-Chair of the Working Group III “Mitigation of Climate Change”. His predecessor Ismail A.R. El Gizouli from Sudan has become IPCC Vice-Chair.
08/30/2010 - Today, the InterAcademy Council (IAC) has released its report “Climate Change Assessments - Review of the Processes and Procedures of the IPCC”. The review committee states that the process to produce the periodic assessment reports has been “successful overall”. However, it recommends fundamentally reforming the IPCC management structure and strengthening its procedures.
07/19/2010 - The world of climate science lost one of its greatest minds and strongest voices on July 19 with the death of Steve Schneider. Steve, who was 65, was a major contributor to the IPCC and one of its fiercest supporters. He was looking forward with enthusiasm to serving as a coordinating lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report. An obituary by Chris Field, WGII co-chair, Vicente Barros, WGII co-chair and the WGII TSU.
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency: Key findings of IPCC on regional climate-change impacts are robust
07/06/2010 - PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has found no errors that would undermine the main conclusions in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on possible future regional impacts of climate change. However, in some instances the foundations for the summary statements should have been made more transparent. The PBL believes that the IPCC should invest more in quality control in order to prevent mistakes and shortcomings, to the extent possible.
Press release: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change appoints authors for fifth Assessment Report
06/24/2010 - 831 scientists will contribute to the fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be published between June 2013 and March 2014. On Wednesday, the IPCC Secretariat in Geneva released the list of experts who will work towards delivering the three Working Groups’ reports. Seven scientists working at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research have been named.
Restricted access the IPCC AR5 Nominations Portal, which routes IPCC Focal Points and Observer Organization representatives to the individual working group nominations nodes.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
10/29/2009 - On Wednesday, the outline of the Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC was approved by the IPCC Plenary. From October 26 to 29 government delegates from more than 100 countries met with the three IPCC Working Groups on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the chapter outlines of all three Working Groups and their respective contributions.
09/04/2009 - Preceding the second lead author meeting of the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation in Oslo this week, bottom-up und top-down approaches to the deployment of renewable energy technologies were discussed. The results of the Expert Meeting on Modeling Renewable Energies will feed into the Special Report and also the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
The 1st Author meeting for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) is taking place from January 26th-31, 2009, in São José dos Campos, Sao Paulo State, Brazil
4 Sep 2008 - Ottmar Edenhofer was appointed as joint chair of Working Group 3 at the Twenty-Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The deputy director and chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Berlin Institute of Technology will be co-chairing the Working Group “Mitigation of Climate Change” with Ramón Pichs Madruga from Cuba and Youba Sokona from Mali. In the next seven years the co-chairs will map out strategies for solutions in climate and energy issues and lay out the groundwork for worldwide emissions trading.