http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.17Change: -0.13
R/$ = 11.80Change: -0.11
Au 1209.81 $/ozChange: 0.46
Pt 1190.00 $/ozChange: -0.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Feb 23, 2010

SA govt looking to nominate scientists for IPCC review

Back
Africa|Environment|System|Systems|Africa|Systems|Environmental
Africa|Environment|System|Systems|Africa|Systems|Environmental
africa-company|environment|system|systems-company|africa|systems|environmental
© Reuse this



South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs has called for expressions of interest from South African scientists who would like to be involved in the compilation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report.

The IPCC's fifth assessment report was being developed for publication in 2014.

Scientists wishing to participate in the IPCC assessment process would need to be formally nominated by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DoEA), and interested parties were urged to email their details to the department before March 5.

Scientists could participate as either a: coordinating lead author; lead author; contributing author; review editor; or expert reviewer.

As in the past, three working groups would assess the most recent science for review. Working group I assesses the physical scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change; working group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, and options for adapting to it; and working group III assesses the options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere.

The DoEA noted that the IPCC was a scientific review body, and did not conduct new research or monitor climate related data or parameters.

Thousand of scientists worldwide, nominated by their governments, contributed to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis.

A special effort was made to ensure a gender and regional balance in the selection of IPCC authors. The work produced by the teams of authors was reviewed by a wide range of technical and policy stakeholders, to ensure and objective and complete assessment of current information, added the department.

The IPCC was established in 1988 by the United Nations Environment programme, and the World Meteorological Organisation, and provided an evidence-based assessment on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.

The IPCC, together with Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Recently, the IPCC has been under scrutiny as the fourth assessment report incorrectly stated that the Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035. This projection was not included in the final summary for policymakers.

The IPCC has since acknowledged that the date is incorrect, while reaffirming that the conclusion in the final summary was robust. The organisation expressed regret for "the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures in this instance".

Others have criticised the IPCC for being too conservative, adding that it underestimates the dangers and understates the risks of climate change.

 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Environment News
Besides its mandate to mitigate pollution and harm to the environment, the emerging trend of going green also provides an opportunity for the creation of small businesses in South Africa, says paper and plastic packaging and recycling company Mpact Recycling.
The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) earlier this month said South Africa’s strict environmental legislation was a significant challenge for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) that could hamper further growth of...
The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500-million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 53 minutes ago The power grid will be severely constrained for the rest of the week, parastatal Eskom said on Tuesday. "It is possible that we may go through today [Tuesday] without implementing any load shedding," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
President Jacob Zuma
Updated 1 hour 52 minutes ago South Africa's economy remains racially structured, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Welcoming members of the second presidential black economic empowerment council at Tuynhuys, Cape Town, he told them they needed to tackle this historical legacy because it was...
Updated 2 hours 16 minutes ago The failure of one in seven small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the first year of operation was not a result of a lack of access to funding, Absa South Africa head of business banking Happy Ralinala asserted on Tuesday. Access to market and relevant...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Subscribe to Engineering News and Mining Weekly for two years, but only pay for the first year.  The weekly editions of Engineering News and Mining Weekly will be posted to your preferred postal address and also gain access to:
National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) is in an advanced stage of renegotiating its deal with European airliner manufacturer Airbus to acquire A320 single-aisle (or narrow body) aircraft. The aim is to replace ten of the aircraft still on order with five...
Worldwide, the main thrust in the ports industry over the past decade or more has been to increase efficiency. Traditionally, ports have been run by engineers and mariners and, in the past, increasing a port’s capacity was achieved by expanding the harbour. “That has...
What do you do when an elephant has a toothache? You call Dr Gerhard Steenkamp from the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) faculty of veterinary science, Onderstepoort, one of only two elephant ‘dentists’ in the world.
The 2015 Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) competition was launched earlier this month in Johannesburg, with the main focus on creating and inspiring entrepreneurs to create jobs and boost the economy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96