IPCC Chairman to Discuss Third Assessment Report on Climate Change
Rajendra K. Pachauri, chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will discuss “The Third Assessment Report of the IPCC and Beyond,” on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in Bowers Auditorium of Sage Hall at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. As part of his presentation, he will also discuss the Fourth IPCC Assessment Report on climate change, which is due out in 2007. The talk is free and open to the public.
Issued in 2001, the Third Assessment Report concluded that warming of the atmosphere observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities, and that global temperatures and sea level are projected to continue to rise throughout the 21st century.
Before becoming chair of the IPCC last year, Pachauri served as Vice Chair of the same panel for four years. He is the founding Director of The Energy Research Institute (TERI) of New Delhi, India, and he presently serves as its Director-General. TERI is a research institute that provides professional support in the areas of energy, the environment, forestry, biotechnology and the conservation of natural resources to government departments, institutions and corporate organizations worldwide.
Recognizing his knowledge and experience in the energy-environment field, the United Nations Development Program appointed him as a part-time adviser to the administrator for Energy and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, an assignment he has held since 1994. He also has served on numerous international and national committees and boards, including the Board of the International Solar Energy Society, World Resources Institute Council, World Energy Council Committee on Developing Countries, International Association for Energy Economics, and Asian Energy Institute. In addition, he is a former director of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (a Fortune 500 company), and a former member of the board of directors of the Japanese government-sponsored Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).
Pachauri holds a Ph.D. in economics and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University, where he also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Business. He is the author of 21 books.
The IPCC was jointly established by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program in 1988. The IPCC’s role is to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information that is relevant to understanding the scientific basis of the risk of human-induced climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
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