Climate change: global risks, challenges and decisions
Over the next three days (10-12 March) this international scientific congress, organised by the University of Copenhagen, gathers policy makers, government officials and academia from Europe and the rest of the world to debate the existing and emerging scientific knowledge relevant to policy making in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. The congress will provide a summary of existing scientific knowledge two years after the last IPCC report. Its findings will be supplementary to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Congress speakers include: Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri (Chairman of the IPCC), Professor Lord Nicholas Stern (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Professor Qingchen Chao (China Meteorological Administration).
As part of a session entitled 'Economic Costs of Adapting and not Adapting to Climate Change Part I - Costing adaptation in Developed Countries and Conceptual Issues', the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is presenting the preliminary results of the PESETA project which deals with the effects of climate change in Europe and in the poster sessions, IPTS work on the topics 'Techno-economic modelling of global climate policies' and 'Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen' is presented.
Climate change research at the JRC
The JRC provides scientific support for the development and monitoring of European policies in the area of regional and global climate change in the framework of the Kyoto protocol and beyond. Last month the JRC published a report entitled "Economic assessment of post-2012 global climate policies", carried out by JRC-IPTS, which presents in detail the economic estimations upon which the recently released Commission Communication "Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen" was based.
For several years the JRC and in particular its Climate Change and Global Environmental Monitoring Units at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), have been deeply involved in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in assessing and tackling the issue. JRC scientists have been involved as authors in the IPCC 4th Assessment Report and are currently participating in planning for the 5th such report. JRC scientist Arnulf Jäger-Waldau of the Institute for Energy (IE) is the lead author for the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation.
In 2008the JRC, in collaboration with the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), released the JRC Reference report entitled ‘Impacts of Europe’s changing climate’, focusing on the effects of global climate change on the environment and human activities.