Science is central in understanding precise nature of the risks climate change poses. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the prime body reviewing and synthesising latest scientific knowledge on multiple dimensions of climate change has been pivotal in elevating the status of climate change as the key development and environmental policy agenda at international level.
Since its establishment in 1988, the IPCC has expanded its scope of analysis, while remaining true to the principles of scientific objectivity and non prescriptive conclusions qualified by levels of agreement and probability.
However, despite growing consensus among the scientific community, the political consensus and response has fallen short of what is necessary to avoid escalation of climate change to dangerous levels.
Hence, it will be in the interest of humanity for the IPCC to also include in its scope an additional chapter, if not a working group, recommending solutions in a non binding manner, particularly at lower levels of governance where an increasing sensitivity to climate risks has been observed.
However, these recommendations must also be qualified by levels of agreement and probability of effectiveness and the approval process of IPCC reports need to be more stringent to prevent any political misuse.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>