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Prof. Sovacool to Help Author IPCC Climate Change Report

March 1, 2012

Vermont Law School Associate Professor Benjamin Sovacool has been invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be a contributing author to its Working Group II, which deals with climate change adaptation, of the forthcoming Fifth Assessment chapter on "Rural Poverty and Livelihoods."Image of Ben Sovacool

Sovacool is among thousands of scientists from all over the world who contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis as authors, contributors and reviewers.

The IPCC is currently organized into three Working Groups and a Task Force. The Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change and options for adapting to it. It also considers the inter-relationship between vulnerability, adaptation and sustainable development.

The assessed information is considered by sectors (water resources, ecosystems, food and forests, coastal systems, industry, human health) and regions (Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, North America, Polar Regions, Small Islands).

Image of China landscapeThe IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change, its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts and options for mitigation and adaptation.  The IPCC has completed four full assessment reports, guidelines and methodologies, special reports and technical papers.

The IPCC reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. It does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters.

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