01/05/03

IPCC head identifies ‘education deficit’ on climate

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The head of the Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change (IPCC), R. K. Pachauri, has claimed that there is insufficient knowledge about the threats of climate change within the developing world, and that as a result developing countries are facing “a real education deficit”.

Pachauri’s remarks were made in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde, in which he also said that more needed to be done to promote partnerships to develop new technologies that combat global warming. He added that the IPCC itself — which met in Paris last week to discuss the framework for its next global assessment — had not done enough work in this area.

Questioned about the uncertainties that still exist in the science of climate change, he said that more needed to be learned about the absorption of carbon dioxide emissions by plants and in bodies of water, about the effects of climate change in specific regions of the world, and about the impact of warming on patterns of rainfall and other forms of precipitation.

Link to UN Wire report
Full interview (in French)

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