UN 2011 Climate Change Conference Interview Database

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Rajendra K. Pachauri on his expectations for the climate conference

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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discusses how his expectations for COP17 in the areas of REDD, funding, and adaptation have not been met. He explains that if they were met it would mean significant progress for climate change, not necessarily major steps, but something to build on. He expresses a fear for the current level of confidence in the system.

Interviewed by the Dickinson Climate Mosaic on December 7, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Rajendra K. Pachauri on adaptation and capacity building

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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discusses how adaptation is going to take a lot of involvement at the local level with state and national involvement to ensure capacity is built. However, mitigation efforts need to take place at a global level because it is a global issue. He also explains how the IPCC increases local capacity of low development regions to collect climate data and understand how climate change will affect them so they can adapt accordingly.

Interviewed by the Dickinson Climate Mosaic on December 7, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Rajendra K. Pachauri on climate science and the IPCC

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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discusses how the process of intense peer review in IPCC report production, while it slows down the process, is extremely necessary in gaining trust from politicians. He voices concern for advocacy for action on the science the IPCC collects. He claims the IPCC does not have the time or resources to advocate for climate action and encourages others to take the sound science they have collected and spread awareness about it.

Interviewed by the Dickinson Climate Mosaic on December 7, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Rajendra K. Pachauri on the role of the host country in climate negotiations

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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discusses how both the host country and the secretariat run the COP. He voices concern for the level of ambition at the last few COPs and the perception that little baby steps are great achievements. He fears that the results of these conferences are not enough to warrant the amount of money and resources that go into planning them.

Interviewed by the Dickinson Climate Mosaic on December 7, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Rajendra K. Pachauri on the gap between climate change science and policy making

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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, explains the steps he believes need to be taken to breach the gap between climate science and the policy being made. First, the science community needs to communicate more. Second, there are vested interests that need to be addressed. Last, in the context of COP 17, we need to address the fact that science is not playing as big of a role in the conference as it needs to.

Interviewed by the Dickinson Climate Mosaic on December 7, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Rajendra K. Pachauri on urgency for climate action

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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discusses the need for urgency in climate change action. The AR4 report declares that in order to stabilize temperature to between 2-2.4 degrees we must peak emissions within four years in the least cost manner. He claims we are losing time because we are losing our least cost options. He is uncertain about solutions to these problems; he voices hesitation about the UNFCCC process as a whole, declares the need for country mobilization, and claims there is a serious lack of leadership and a sense of urgency.

Interviewed by the Dickinson Climate Mosaic on December 7, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Rajendra K. Pachauri on REDD+

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Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discusses his views of the REDD+ initiative. He claims REDD is important but has a lot of measurement, monitoring and institutional problems.

Interviewed by the Dickinson Climate Mosaic on December 7, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Tony Nyong on Africa’s adaptation initiatives

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Dr. Tony Nyong, Principle Climate Change Expert at the African Development Bank, discusses how local communities have been adapting to climate forever, but that adaptation to anthropogenic climate changes needs to come from a variety of sources. More specifically, he emphasizes that different planning efforts for adaptation are done at different levels and therefore funding has to come from a variety of places including local, national and international sources. He also talks about the role adaptation is playing at COP 17.

Interviewed by Esther Babson, Emily Bowie, Christine Burns, and Maggie Rees on December 1, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Saleemul Huq on the role of vulnerable countries at COP 17

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Dr. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development Climate Change Group, explains the role of vulnerable countries in the negotiations under three main groups: AOSIS, LDCs and the African Group. He continues to explain what these countries should aspire to do in the face of no binding agreement.

Interviewed by Esther Babson, Anna McGinn, Maggie Rees and Claire Tighe on November 30, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Saleemul Huq on the transition to a green economy

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Dr. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development Climate Change Group, discusses how climate change will severely affect the development of poor countries in the near future. He says in the long term, however, China and the United States will begin to compete for integrating sustainability into what he says will be the new economy. Huq believes it will be competition, not negotiations, that will eventually drive the transition into a green economy. However, he describes the necessity for the issue to still be solved as a global challenge because it is in essence a global problem. Finally, he emphasizes the ever-pressing need for on the ground action.

Interviewed by Esther Babson, Anna McGinn, Maggie Rees and Claire Tighe on November 30, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Saleemul Huq on the key issues at COP 17

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Dr. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development Climate Change Group, names the most critical issues at the 17th Conference of the Parties to be a second period for the Kyoto Protocol and the construction of the Green Climate Fund. He names setting up the adaptation tract and working on the texts for the NAPs, REDD+ and technology transfer as the smaller and more likely to be solved issues. He then explains how likely he believes it is for conclusions to be met on these issues.

Interviewed by Esther Babson, Anna McGinn, Maggie Rees and Claire Tighe on November 30, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

Saleemul Huq on the Green Climate Fund

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Dr. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development Climate Change Group, explains the Green Climate Fund and its history as well as its future in the current conference and beyond.

Interviewed by Esther Babson, Anna McGinn, Maggie Rees and Claire Tighe on November 30, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa

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