IPCC* — straight talking

With thanks to Echoes from a Pale Blue Dot, whose post ‘Too important to ignore!’ explains more:

It’s good to see a message that makes it clear that mitigation and adaptation are complementary; though, personally, I would like to see more emphasis on the truth that mitigation must come first. The message is not (as those who seek business as usual would have us believe) “Adapt–or die”; it’s “Mitigate FAST, and adapt where we now absolutely must because we ignored wake-up calls for decades–or die”. It’s pretty much a Fundamental Split.

* ‘IPCC’ here refers to the ‘Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘ (established 1988), not the UK government’s ‘Independent Police Complaints Commission‘ (established 2004). And, yes, the conspiracy theorist in me feels that whomever it was that decided to name the latter so as to cause the clash of abbreviations was almost certainly a merchant of doubt and should be held to account for adding to the overall level of confusion (though, naturally, this will never happen).

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7 Responses to IPCC* — straight talking

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    a good post, clear in its thought process of mitigation and adaptation
    I enjoyed very much, Thank you for sharing with us
    Take Care…You Matter…


  2. John Crapper says:

    The urgency of NOW. How do we create the urgency? It’s our paradox!


    • pendantry says:

      It’s an everpresent existential conundrum (one that I tried to encapsulate in ‘Thought for the day‘ some time ago).

      As my hero Douglas Adams said: “… the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys“. (Yes, I’m aware that this comment wasn’t aimed at smart folks — since when can homo fatuus brutus be thought of as ‘smart’?)

      One of my attempts to bang the rocks together is my petition to the BBC, currently at 857 signatures, and rising — too slowly (and if you can help that in any way, it would be much appreciated).

      More recently: I’ve just now submitted an ‘e-petition’ to HM Government. I’m told it may take up to seven days for it to be considered — and, worse, it would need to attract 100,000 signatures for it to be eligible for a debate in the House of Commons. Fat chance.

      Rename the Independent Police Complaints Commission to remove confusion over ‘IPCC’

      Labels are immensely important for communication. A label with multiple meanings spreads unnecessary confusion.

      The UK government’s “Independent Police Complaints Commission” is commonly abbreviated to ‘IPCC’.

      The United Nations’ “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” is, naturally, also referred to as the ‘IPCC’.

      The UN’s IPCC was created in 1988 [1] ; the UK’s IPCC was established by the Police Reform Act 2002 [2] – fourteen years later!

      In a sane world, such potential naming conflicts would be checked in advance by those responsible. But it’s not too late to correct this mistake.

      We the undersigned demand that the name of the Independent Police Complaints Commission be changed to avoid confusion with ‘the other IPCC’ – the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

      [1] http://www.ipcc.ch/organization/organization_history.shtml
      [2] http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/page/history

      If we bang the rocks hard enough, maybe we’ll get some sparks.


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