Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Commences

March 10, 2009

One of the largest ever interdisciplinary conferences on climate change will kick-off today in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A bulletin from the University of Copenhagen notes that “more than 2,000 participants from around 80 countries” will be attending.

The Congress is the result of a unique cooperation between ten of the world’s leading universities, gathered under the International Alliance of Re-search Universities (IARU). They include the Australian National University, ETH – Z├╝rich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of California – Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford, University of Tokyo and Yale University.

The University of Copenhagen is hosting the Congress titled: ‘Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions‘. The bulletin noted that it will “will discuss and gather the latest knowledge on climate within a broad field of research e.g. nature sciences, economy and health.”

It also indicated thaton of the Congress’ prinicple aims “is to add the latest research to basis of knowledge on climate change.” The most recent official report, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC – www.ipcc.ch ) in 2007, may in fact have been too conservative in its estimates of the speed with which global warming is happening and the projected rise in sea levels.

“The outcome of the congress will be summed up in a report to be given to political negotiators as preparation for COP15 in December in Copenhagen where a new global climate agreement is to be negotiated,” said the bulletin.

It also cited University of Copenhagen Rector Ralf Hemmingsen, who stressed that “it is crucial that the politicians will make their decisions based on the best possible foundation. The Congress will give them this foundation. The researchers will hand over the most updated climate knowledge to the politicians, which is also why it is important that researchers from several developing countries have chosen to contribute with their latest research.”

Source: Climate Congress – http://climatecongress.ku.dk

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