2007 "Mitigation of Climate Change" IPCC meeting

Feature story - 30 April, 2007
This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in Bangkok to agree in its report, 'Mitigation of Climate Change'- the third in the series that will make up the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report. Our team is at the meeting along with Solar Generation youth activists.

Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, meets members of Solar Generation prior to opening the IPCC's Working Group III meeting in Bangkok.

Update - 04 May 07 -

The IPCC's Working Group III has released it's 4th Assessment Report detailing options for mitigating climate change.  The IPCC's summary for policy makers is available on their website here (pdf, 35 pages). Our briefing on the report's key findings is available here (MS Word, 5 pages).

Update - 30 May 07 -

Before the opening the meeting this morning Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC, visited the Solar Generationrenewable energy container outside the UN building.  The youngactivists got a chance to talk with him about the potential for aglobal energy revolution to deal with climate change.  

Studentsfrom Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Germany and Franceare reminding delegates at the meeting that decisions taken now aboutfuture energy supply will determine how much climate chaos futuregenerations are forced to live with.  Read more on the Solar Generation blog.



Briefings and background

Key outcomes

General IPCC briefing

Climate Change - Nuclear not the answer

Ecconomics of nuclear power

Carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage - technical briefing

Energy [R]evolution

What we're saying

"We now stand at a 'climate crossroads'. We can go down the road of renewable energy and smart efficient use of energy, keep the global average temperature increase below 2 degrees C and avoid the worst impacts of climate change or we can keep blundering on in the same direction into a fossil-fuelled future of extreme weather, drastic water shortages and desperate climate refugees. We cannot afford to take a wrong turn."

-- Stephanie Tunmore, Greenpeace International Climate and Energy Campaigner.

"We have shown that the world can have safe, robust renewable energy, that we can achieve the efficiencies needed and we can do all this while phasing out damaging and dangerous sources such as coal and nuclear and without the use of unproven 'techno-fixes' like carbon capture and storage."

-- Tara Buakamsri, Greenpeace Southeast Asia climate and energy campaigner

"Our global energy concept means, that the investment volume for new power plants until 2030 will be in a range of 300-350 billion dollars per year - almost equal to the amount of money currently spent on subsidies for fossil fuels. To shift this money and invest in renewable energy and cogeneration could cut CO2 emission of the global power sector by half by 2030, which is a win-win situation for utilities around the world."

-- SvenTeske, Greenpeace International climate and energy campaigner about the economic advantages of the energy [r]evolution scenario

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