Essays on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Coursework

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The paper "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  " is a great example of micro and macroeconomic coursework. The intergovernmental  panel on climate change (IPCC) is a body formed with a mandate to assess climate change. The body was formed in 1988 by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) (IPCC, 2015). The aim of the body has been to provide scientific knowledge on climate change- and its impacts on the environment and social-economic (Nerlich, Koteyko & Brown, 2010). The UN general assembly endorsed the formation of IPCC in 1988.

IPCC operates at the auspices of the UN (Lawson, 2008). Over the years, IPCC has been assessing the recent scientific data and information produced worldwide. This has helped a lot in understanding climate change. IPCC does not conduct research or monitor the climate but depends on the published data (IPCC, 2015). The work of IPCC depends on thousands of scientists who volunteer their work. The main work of IPCC involves review which helps them to have a range of views from the experts (Guston, 2001). This report analyses the contribution of IPCC on the climate change debate.

It critically assesses IPCC values and interests, advocacy position, and use of science. Lastly, the support for IPCC views is addressed. Background The work of IPCC is coordinated by the IPCC with liaisons with other governments. The location of IPCC headquarters is in Geneva and administered according to UNEP, UN, WMO rules, and procedures. Being an intergovernmental body, all member countries of the UN and WMO are open to join. IPCC has 195 member countries. Government participation is in the review process and sessions.

This is where the main decisions are made on the IPCC work program. Reports are approved and accepted in the same process. The plenary sessions also help in electing the Bureau member and the chair (IPCC, 2015). The scientific and intergovernmental nature of IPCC has helped IPCC to come up with balanced decisions based on science. Through the endorsement of the reports, the governments are able to show their authenticity of scientific content. IPCC tasks are policy-relevant and still policy-neutral (Hulme, 2009b).


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