On February 28th the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented the second instalment of its Sixth Assessment Report. This UN report is the most authoritative overview of what we know about the risks of climate change, based on over 36,000 scientific publications, and formally signed off (in an intense 2-week negotiating session) by all governments in the world.
The IPCC concludes that impacts are already widespread, that risks are rising faster than we thought before, and that it is more urgent than ever to both reduce emissions and adapt to rising risks. Next steps are needed in UNFCCC negotiations after Glasgow, but also in individual countries and communities confronting rising risks – intersecting with many domains of our work at the Faculty ITC at the University of Twente.
At ITC we are proud to have two of its Coordinating Lead Authors in our midst. Diana Reckien and Maarten van Aalst played a key role in developing the report, and in negotiating its Summary for Policy Makers. They were also quoted in media around the world, on radio and TV, in newspapers like the New York Times and journals like Nature and The Economist.
On April 8, they will present the IPCC report to us in a seminar in the Auditorium at ITC from 13.00 to 14.00. This hybrid event will be also streamed online at https://vimeo.com/event/1968506. Dean Freek van der Meer will be moderating the event. There will be a Q&A, so be sure to ask any questions you might have for the IPCC lead authors.
If you are interested in joining lunch at 12.30 before the seminar starts, please let us know by filling in this form.
On 22 May 2022, four honorary doctorates will be awarded by the University of Twente, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. One will go to IPCC co-chair Debra Roberts (1961), a local government practitioner from South Africa who has been identified as one of the 100 most influential people worldwide in climate policy. Professor Maarten van Aalst will be one of her honorary promotors. More information on the Dies Natalis 2022 can be found here.