22 February: ICIMOD’s first video conference with Dr Shobhakar Dhakal on Global Dynamics of Anthropogenic CO2 Sources and Sinks

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Dr Shobhakar Dhakal, Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project, hosted by the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Japan, spoke about the global dynamics of anthropogenic CO2 in a video conference with ICIMOD staff, members of Climate Change Network Nepal (CCNN), and REDD stakeholders in Nepal on 22 February 2011. Organised for the first time in ICIMOD (for the public), the video conference ran for one hour and was attended by 25 experts from ICIMOD and partner networks. Key messages of the event include: (i) there has been a structural change in emissions from the region from developing and emerging economies; (ii) we have to act sooner rather than later as our carbon space for meeting the two degree target is very limited; we have not been following the good IPCC scenario pathways since 2000; (iii) scientific evidence and its uncertainties require better communication with the public and policy makers to support more effective and realistic decision making based on science; and (iv) the continued decline in the efficiency of natural sinks means we need to cut back carbon emissions even more than proposed; it is important to maintain the efficiency of the sinks.

More at http://www.icimod.org/?q=3219.