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Jim Skea speaks at the 2017 Economist Energy Summit

Professor Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III, spoke at the Energy Summit at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on 28 November 2017. The Energy Summit, an annual conference run by The Economist, brings together business leaders, policymakers and independent experts to discuss the big topics shaping the energy industry.

Jim Skea took part in a panel discussion with Steve Hamburg, Chief Scientist at the US Environment Defense Fund, to discuss international efforts to reduce the rise in global temperatures to “well below” 2°C. The session, moderated by The Economist’s Jan Piotrowski, focussed in particular on the impact of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on global responses to climate change. Jim Skea talked about the current IPCC cycle, in particular the upcoming Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C and the Special Report on Climate Change and Land.

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IPCC Working Group III at COP23

From 6 to 17 of November 2017, nearly thirty thousand representatives from governments, international organisations, businesses, NGOs and universities came together in Bonn for the 23rd conference of parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The IPCC Working Group III, that assesses the options for reducing the rate at which climate change is taking place (climate change mitigation), attended and participated in a number of meetings and events throughout the conference.

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Work begins on IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

Between 16 and 20 October 2017, the Norwegian Environment Agency was host to the IPCC’s first Lead Author Meeting for its Special Report on Climate Change and Land. Over 130 IPCC Bureau members, authors and staff took over the Agency’s corridors and meeting rooms to start planning the report.

From deserts to forests, land surfaces are an important part of the climate system. Land surfaces act both as sinks and sources of carbon dioxide, and both affect and are affected by climate change. At the start of the 6th assessment cycle in 2015, gaining a better understanding of the feedbacks between climate change and land was seen as a priority for governments.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III seeks authors for its contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has agreed the outline Working Group III’s contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) on Mitigation of Climate Change. AR6 will be the IPCC’s next global scientific assessment of climate change. It is due to be finalised in 2022.

“Scientists came together earlier this year to draft an outline and we discussed it with policymakers in Montreal. We can now get to work to prepare a comprehensive and objective scientific assessment of the science of climate change, how we can adapt to it, and what actions can be taken to limit it,” said Professor P.R. Shukla, Co-Chair of Working Group III.

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Calls for sessions and abstracts for the 2018 IPCC Cities and Climate Change Conference in Edmonton, Canada

In collaboration with the City of Edmonton, the United Nations Environment Programme, C40Cities and seven other partners, the IPCC is organising the Cities and Climate change Science conference in Edmonton, Canada.

On 5-7 March 2018, urban researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working on climate change and cities will come together to stimulate research on effective and efficient urban responses to climate change.

Calls for sessions and abstracts for the conference are open. Interested parties have until 6 October to propose themes for 90min sessions or topics for individual talks and poster presentations.

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IPCC Working Group III presents the outline of its 6th Assessment Report at the Cities and Climate Conference in Potsdam

Potsdam, 20 September 2017 –
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III joined hundreds of delegates in Potsdam, Germany, to attend the Cities and Climate Conference. The conference is the final meeting of the European-funded RAMSES project (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for citiES).

Following its 5th Assessment Report, published in 2014, the IPCC identified key gaps in scientific knowledge relating to cities and climate change mitigation. For example, question marks remain around the emissions reduction potential of cities or on how to implement climate change strategies at a local level. The IPCC decided that its next Assessment Report would place a greater emphasis on cities, in particular by increasing engagement with urban practitioners.

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IPCC Working Group III presents proposals for Sixth Assessment Report to world Governments at the 46th Session of the IPCC in Montreal

Montreal, 6 September 2017 -
This week, the city of Montreal, Quebec (Canada) is host to the 46th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Twice a year, IPCC scientists, representatives from 195 Governments and delegates from observer organisations come together to plan the IPCC’s work, debate countries’ priorities and agree IPCC report structures and texts.

The agenda for this meeting is a busy one. The Panel will carefully assess proposals for the next IPCC Assessment Report, the 6th (AR6), from each of the three Working Groups that make up the scientific body of the

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