Thursday, March 26, 2015

International Urban Carbon Data and Findings of the IPCC on Human Settlements

Today, Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal spoke at the Humphrey School with faculty and students from across the university about cities, energy use, and climate change. Dr. Dhakal is currently serving as one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC for the Group III dealing with human settlements and climate change mitigation.  His presentation is part of NSF RCN: Sustainable Cities- People and the Energy-Climate-Water Nexus, which includes scholars and researchers from Thailand, South Africa, Spain, and the US.

Photo Credit: IPCC Working Group III
Following Dr. Dhakal's presentation, the group discussed the challenges of governance related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Among those issues discussed were how widely policy recommendations can vary from country to country as well as between local, state, and national levels. Participants discussed the importance of considering system design, and green building techniques and mitigating GHG emissions in new cities, as well as retrofitting current cities as we experience increasing population growth and more of the population moves into metropolitan areas.

Dr. Dhakal was Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project, an international scientific program hosted by the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Japan (2006-2012) and a Senior Policy Researcher and the Project Manager of Urban Project of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan (2001-2006). He is also a visiting Associate Professor to Graduate School of Environmental Studies of Nagoya University in Japan and a Guest Research Scholar to International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria since 2009.

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