PAIC Climate Task Force: General Approaches

Appropriate level of scientific certainty; status of popular opinion on climate change; international context of IPCC and the Paris Accord

The AIChE PAIC’s Climate Change Task Force welcomes you to the first discussion, taking place on AIChE Engage's Discussion Central! As our members may recall, the team is initiating a discussion that we hope will serve to support any revisions to AIChE’s Climate Change Policy as described in the intro post, "Help AIChE Craft its Climate Policy."

The first topic of discussion considers AIChE as a global organization, with the majority of its membership in the US, but with a broader professional perspective that is not limited to the US. This first discussion is designed to allow initial focus on a few general approaches and project principles, including appropriate levels of scientific certainty, the status of popular opinion on climate change, and also the international context of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Paris Accord (also known as the Paris Agreement).

Background reading & resources

As background regarding popular opinion, see the Brookings Institute polls.  

Discussion regarding scientific certainty in this area can be found in EPA’s discussion in its Denial of Petitions for Reconsideration as well as EPA’s Response to Public Comments, Volume 1.

These resources also discuss IPCC. The United Nations provides background regarding the Paris Agreement.

Participants may wish to refer to the United Nation’s Framework for the Convention on Climate Change website.

Engage discussion posting rules

Please note the rules for posting in the initial welcome blog post. The first discussion will be open on Engage's Discussion Central for two weeks. The next discussion will focus on data validity, with input sought regarding validity of observed and measured data for temperatures, ice coverage, sea level rise, weather patterns and species.

Discuss on Engage.