The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the New Climate Regime
The effective creation of a regime to manage climate change at the international level starts with an agreement by all key stakeholders on the factual basis for action. For climate change, this responsibility has been given to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose four assessments have shaped how governments have negotiated agreements. The IPCC working method combines processes for obtaining a scientific consensus with those that lead to an intergovernmental consensus. The effectiveness of the consensus depends on who created it and the article describes the composition of the authors and reviewers who completed the last two assessments. It shows the members of the IPCC represent a wide and diverse group of scientists, largely from developed countries and balanced between government and academic employees. The analysis shows the consensus from this group is credible and the mechanism is effective.
Dr. Bhandari holds Ph.D. (sociology, Syracuse University, NY), Masters in Sociology and Sustainable International Development (Brandeis University, MA), United States; M.Sc. Environmental System Monitoring and Analysis (ITC-University of Twente, The Netherlands) and M.A. in Anthology, TU (Nepal) and has published many research papers in the international and national journals. Dr. Bhandari has spent most of his career focusing on the conservation of nature and natural resources, developing along the way expertise in global and international environmental politics, environmental institutions and governance, forest governance from the grassroots to the national level with a special focus on participatory management, climate change policy and implementation, environmental justice, and land cover and land use change.
Specialties: Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation, International environmental governance, Green Economy, Sustainability, and assess the economic, social and environmental impacts on the natural resources. My field experience spans across Asia, Africa, the U.S., Western Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
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