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Getting the Climate Science Facts Right - The Role of the IPCC

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December 2020
9788770221863
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    River Publishers
  • Published
    29th December 2020
  • ISBN 9788770221863
  • Language English
  • Pages 340 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
$115.00
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December 2020
9788770221856
More details
  • Publisher
    River Publishers
  • Published
    29th December 2020
  • ISBN 9788770221856
  • Language English
  • Pages 340 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
$115.00

Getting the Climate Science Facts Right - The Role of the IPCC discusses climate change science with reference to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Addressing climate change is the most important public priority of the 21st Century. Unlike many issues, however, this one is being driven by both science and its interface with politics. The main institution for bridging this division between science and international politics is the IPCC. As such it is the main source of the facts from which climate change policy is developed. This book describes the ways in which the IPCC arrives at these facts and so can be sure they are complete and evidence based.

Seldom in history has science had such a direct relationship with politics. The negotiation of an international policy regime requires, at its outset, an agreement on the facts. In this case, the facts are scientific, complex and contentious. Governments have recognized this and have, by using the IPCC, set up institutional machinery to provide facts from a source and in a manner that they can accept. The way in which the IPCC functions is unique in that it melds the way in which science achieves consensus with the way governments does at the international level. Starting with a process to examine, review and debate scientific findings leading to a consensus about scientific fact, usually expressed as probabilities that the findings will hold over time, the IPCC then concludes by using the kind of consensus-development mechanism that the United Nations typically uses to achieve agreements leading to the formation of policy regimes.

The book examines the structure of the IPCC, its composition and its procedures in order to achieve an understanding of its role and future. This book addresses how climate change science was developed; how climate change impacts have been analyzed by various scholars, agencies, and other stakeholders; what roles international, nongovernmental and governmental organizations play in addressing climate change issues. The book incorporates climate change deniers' arguments and counter arguments. It also does not shy away from some problematic results (for example the immature data interpretation of IPCC, particularly in its 2007 report). Finally, the book also presents a case study of climate change impacts, including air, water and soil pollution, in major South Asian cities.

Preface

Forwards

Endorsements

Climate Change – the Global Problem

Climate Science

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change- IPCC

Role and Historical Account of International Organizations on Climate Change

Climate Change Deniers, Arguments and Counter Arguments

Future of IPCC

Pollution in Major Cities of Asia

Author Biography

Keyword Index

Medani P. Bhandari

Prof. Medani P. Bhandari completed his M.A. in Anthropology (Nepal), M.Sc. Environmental System Monitoring and Analysis (the Netherlands), M.A. Sustainable International Development (USA), M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology (USA). He is dedicated to conservation of nature and natural resources and social empowerment through research and action projects. His purpose of life is to give or contribute to the society fullest through whatever he has earned, learned or experienced, within the Principles of “BASHUDAIVAKUTUMBAKKAM and Live and Let Others Live.” He has worked with various organizations as a consultant -UNEP/Adelaide University, UNDP, IUCN,WWF, WRI, Winrock International, the Japan Environment Education Forum, and the Pajaro Jai Foundation (PJF), along with others. During 2015–17, he served as a Professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain. Bhandari’s major teaching and research specialties include: Sociological Theories and Practices; Environmental Health; Social and Environmental research methods, innovation, and policies; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; International Environmental Governance; Green Economy; Sustainability and Assessment of the Economic, Social and Environmental impacts on society and nature. In brief, Prof. Bhandari has sound theoretical and practical knowledge in social science and environment science. His field experience spans across Asia, Africa, North America, Western Europe, Post-Soviet Countries, Australia, Japan and the Middle East.

He has published 4 books (his recent book is Green Web-II: Standards and Perspectives from the IUCN, River Publishers, 2018) and more than 70 scholarly papers in international scientific journals. Currently, he is serving as a Professor of the Inter-Disciplinary Department – Natural Resource & Environment/Sustainability Studies, at the Akamai University, Hawaii and Professor of the Department of Finance and Entrepreneurship, Sumy State University (SSU) Ukraine; and International Program Coordinator, Atlantic State Legal Foundation, NY (remotely).

United Nations; The IPCC; Role of Science in Managing Climate Change; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; International Regime; Institutional Machinery; Organizational Change; Global Warming; Assessment Report; Equilibrium; Economic Victims; Environmental Hazards; Ecosystems; Human Civilization; Bashudaivakutumbakkam; Environmental Disasters; Controversy Among Scientists; Consequences of Warming; Domestic Politics; International Relations; The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); Meteorological Organization (WMO); United Nations General Assembly; UNFCCC; Scientific Knowledge; Problematic Correspondences; Climate Change Skeptics