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Four Nigerians among IPCC Working Group III authors meeting in Scotland

Four Nigerian scientists are part of a team of experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that will meet in Edinburgh, United Kingdom from April 1 to 5, 2019 to launch their work on the Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke
UK-based Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke of the University of Reading

More than 180 authors from more than 65 countries are coming together for one week to start preparing a first draft of the report, which is due to be finalised in July 2021. The meeting is hosted by the Scottish Government.

The Nigerians are: Uk-based Chukwumerije Okereke of the University of Reading (Chapter 1: Introduction and Framing), Chioma Daisy Onyige of the Department of Sociology, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State (Chapter 5: Demand, services and social aspects of mitigation), Ogheneruona Diemuodeke of the University of Port Harcourt (Chapter 10: Transport), and Sanusi Mohamed Ohiare of the Rural Electrification Agency (Chapter 15: Investment and finance).

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Other chapters in the report include: Emissions trends and drivers; Mitigation pathways compatible with long-term goals; Mitigation and development pathways in the near-to mid-term, Energy systems; Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Uses (AFOLU); Urban systems and other settlements; Buildings; Industry; Cross sectoral perspectives; National and sub-national policies and institutions; International cooperation; Innovation, technology development and transfer; and Accelerating the transition in the context of sustainable development.

The IPCC Working Group III is responsible for assessing the mitigation of climate change – responses and solutions to the threat of dangerous climate change by reducing emissions, and enhancing sinks, of the greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming.

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For the first time, Working Group III will examine topics such as the link between consumption and behaviour and greenhouse gas emissions, and the role of innovation and technology. The report will assess the connection between short-medium actions and their compatibility with the long-term temperature goal in the Paris Agreement. It will assess mitigation options in sectors such as energy, agriculture, forestry and land use, buildings, transport and industry.
“This report will provide governments with scientific information to underpin responses to climate change in the context of sustainable development,” said Priyadarshi R. Shukla, the Co-Chair of Working Group III from India.

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“Our ambition is to equip governments with the information they need to act now, keeping in mind the goals of the Paris Agreement and national ambitions to achieve net zero emissions,” said Jim Skea, the Co-Chair of Working Group III from Scotland, UK. Each of the three IPCC Working Groups will release their contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report in 2021. A Synthesis Report in 2022 will integrate them together with the three special reports that the IPCC is producing in the current assessment cycle.


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