A recent microtwittering that Eli became involved in made it clear that there is considerable uncertainty amongst the bunnies and lambs about the relation of various letters in the alphabet soup to each other. Everybunny sorta knows, but how does it hang together
Eli being a patient soul, really though this would be a good thing to nail down with the upcoming festivities in Paris scheduled to start. He learned a bit too. Good visuals can be found on the Norwegian GRID Arendal web site
Friday, October 09, 2015
The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme to report on the current scientific basis of climate change, associated environmental and economic changes and the possible responses.
The UNEP is an organization within the United Nations, lead by an Under Secretary General and functioning under the General Assembly, that was established in
The WMO is an independent UN agency established in 1950 which grew out of the International Meteorological Organization that had been founded much earlier, 1873. The purpose of the latter was to exchange weather and climate information and standardize measurement instrumentation and methods. WMO policy is set by the World Meteorological Congress with each of the 191 member states having a representative and its Executive Committee.
The UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) is a treaty drafted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development aka Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Planning for the conference had started in 1989, and the first IPCC assessment report was an important input.
It also helps to explain some of the spit one finds on the inside of our computer screens to know that the Conference Secretary-General (e.g. organizer for the UN) was Maurice Strong and one of the major products of the meeting was Agenda 21, a plan for sustainable development.
The UNFCC now has 196 signatory nations who form the Conference of the Parties which implements the treaty
The IPCC through its reports provides technical advice to the COP SBSTA. The COP SBI evaluated progress under the UNFCCC.
The COP meets every year, but meetings following IPCC reports are more important. The most recent meeting, COP15, the Copenhagen Climate Conference in 2009 was at best a damp squib, no matter the best face one could put on it, in part due to the sabotaging effect of hacking correspondence from the Climate Research Unit.
The Kyoto Accords were negotiated at COP 3, in, of course, Kyoto following the 1995 release of the IPCC Second Assessment Report
The upcoming COP 21 at the end of November in Paris is gathering some steam based on significant (not perfect) pledges by the EU, China and the US and many other countries. Others (Canada, Australia, India) not so much.
Eli is pleased to offer a prize for the best limerick whose first line is
There Was a Young Treaty From Rio