First Comprehensive Comparison of Climate Change Models, Simulations Begins this Week

Scientific models and computer simulations from research groups around the world that span climate change impacts on ecosystems, agriculture, water supplies and health will be compared for the first time starting this week. The comprehensive analysis will be coordinated the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

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Climate Negotiators Stake Out Initial Positions in Run-Up to COP17 UN Treaty Talks in Durban, South Africa

Climate change treaty negotiating teams are staking out initial positions in the run-up to the UN's climate change talks in Durban next week. The US is setting "a high bar" at the outset, analysts say, by refusing to discuss the legal form of a binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and requesting assurances that large, fast industrializing countries would be bound by the same commitments.

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Combating the Culture of Climate Change Denial

Overcoming a culture that pits Man against nature

The failure to accept the anthropogenic origins of climate change may be partly attributable to a fallacy of modern culture. Popular culture pits us against nature which in turn undermines efforts to curtail climate change. Man versus nature is one of seven conflicts in literary studies, it relates to the theme in literature that places a character against the forces of nature. Many disaster films and …

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Renewable Energy Could Supply Most of World’s Energy Demand by 2050 – Special IPCC Report

Renewable energy could supply most of the world's power by 2050, new IPCC report says

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation earlier this week in Abu Dhabi. Given proper policy changes and incentives from world governments, the report says, nearly 80 percent of global energy demand could be met by renewable energy sources by 2050. The report 77 percent is the high-end, optimistic projection. On the low …

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Pressure Mounts for IPCC Chairman Pachauri to Resign

Pressure mounts for IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri to resign

Since the release of a report by the InterAcademy Council (IAC) recommending fundamental reforms for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the call for IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri to resign have gained momentum of late, especially in the UK according to recent reports. Dr. Pachauri has become a liability – he is now causing more harm than good,” said Tim Yao, who chairs the …

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Fundamental Management Reforms Recommended for IPCC Climate Panel

Recommendations are for managerial reform, not on climate science and assessment reports The Amsterdam-based InterAcademy Council (IAC), a global organization of the world’s science academies, released a comprehensive report yesterday reviewing the processes and procedures of the embattled Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report was requested last March by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IPCC Chairman Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, both of whom …

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UN to Commission Independent Panel to Review IPCC

In the wake of revelations that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) allowed faulty data into its 2007 Fourth Assessment Report about the rate of melt for the Himalayan Glaciers, the United Nations has announced it will commission an independent panel to review the IPCC’s operations and recommend any needed changes. One of the key areas for review is how the IPCC handles …

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