New Yale body will analyse climate change options: Pachauri

March 10th, 2009 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

By Arun Kumar
Washington, March 10 (IANS) Noted Indian climate change expert Rajendra K. Pachauri sees enormous potential in the newly established Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) for providing objective analysis of mitigation options and their implications.

“Climate change has now become an important part of government policy worldwide and, most prominently, in the US,” he said Tuesday on his appointment as the first Director of the new institution at the New Haven, Connecticut based Yale University.

“There will be a great need for objective analysis of mitigation options with respect to their cost effectiveness, employment implications, growth in economic output, and many other co-benefits.”

Mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a crucial issue around the world today because increasing GHG concentrations is leading to climate change that is affecting farm output worldwide, worsening severity and frequency of droughts, floods and storms, and raising sea levels. Developing countries are bearing the brunt of the impact.

But mitigation of emissions is a much-debated issue because many of the available mitigation options would raise the cost of energy production and use.

Pachauri, who chairs the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is director-general of New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute, made the statement in Copenhagen after the announcement of his appointment at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change.

“Yale being an institution with a global focus and international reach can also pursue research on impacts of climate change, in partnership with local institutions where required, to assess the nature and extent of impacts resulting from different levels of climate change in different regions of the world,” he said.

“On that basis it would be possible to work out suitable adaptation measures, particularly in the most vulnerable regions,” said Pachauri noting: “There are parts of the United States that are also vulnerable to climate change impacts, and they would benefit from research in this area as well.”

“The YCEI can help with its intellectual endeavours to support informed debate and negotiations leading up to and beyond the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties in December 2009 this year.”

Pachauri said he saw the role of institutions like YCEI as pioneers in moving the world out of a hopelessly unsustainable process of development towards a more secure pattern of energy supply that is equitable in terms of access and economic reach for every society.

“What we have today has led the world to the serious problem of human-induced climate change and geopolitical distortions that cannot be continued,” he said, adding: “It is for institutions like YCEI to help find new directions and solutions that meet all the criteria of a sustainable pattern of development.”

The premier US institution last November announced the Yale India Initiative to position the university as among the world’s pre-eminent institutions for the study of and engagement with India and South Asia.

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