Happy Birthday IPCC ~ 20 today!

August 31, 2008 at 4:04 am | Posted in Climate change, Environment, Global warming, IPCC | 2 Comments
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The official ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was held in a really cool place!  It was at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM), a 19th century hydro-power station on the River Rhône in Geneva, on Sunday 31 August 2008.  Enjoy a virtual visit to BFM if you have time, and check-out its history.  BFM was classified as a historic building in 1988, the same year the IPCC was established by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to help the world better understand the phenomenon of climate change.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the accomplishments of the IPCC and stressed that climate change is a global crisis which requires a concerted response through global partnerships.

“We have the technology, we have the financing, we have the resources, we have the scientific findings, what is largely lacking is political will to address this issue,

he stated.

Perhaps the best way to develop political will is for each of us to write to our own politicians to let them know they have our support when it comes to sticking their political necks out to combat climate change!



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  1. Jared Diamond in Guns Germs and Steel briefly discusses water mills and windmills as Western Europe’s first significant technological contribution to humanity, centuries before the Industrial Revolution. Until that point about 1000 years ago, the area had only been a receiver of technology developed elsewhere.

    It’s an interesting subject I’d like to know more about.

  2. Hi Brian, thanks for this. We have Guns Germs and Steel, but I have not read it (yet). I think France was particularly keen on water power during the Middle Ages, and this table in Wikipedia supports that view.

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