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Title: Senior Scientist
Sivan Kartha is a Senior Scientist in SEI’s U.S. Centre. He was co-leader of the SEI-wide research theme Reducing Climate Risk from 2009-2013.
His research and publications for the past 20 years have focused on technological options and policy strategies for addressing climate change, and he has concentrated most recently on equity and efficiency in the design of an international climate regime.
His most recent work has involved the elaboration of the Greenhouse Development Rights approach to burden-sharing in the global climate regime – an approach that places the urgency of the climate crisis in the context of the equally dire development crisis afflicting the world’s poor majority.
Dr. Kartha has also worked on mitigation scenarios, market mechanisms for climate actions, and the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of biomass energy. His work has enabled him to advise and collaborate with diverse organizations, including the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), various UN and World Bank programmes, numerous government policy-making bodies and agencies, foundations, and civil society organizations throughout the developing and industrialized world.
He is an author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (Working Group III), co-leading the chapter on Sustainable Development and Equity.
He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1993.
The risks of relying on tomorrow’s ‘negative emissions’ to guide today’s mitigation action (Working paper - 2016)
Assessing carbon lock-in (Journal article - 2015)
Political implications of data presentation (Journal article - 2014)
Norway’s fair share of an ambitious climate effort (Report - 2014)
’Fair shares’ and intended nationally determined contributions: What can we learn from an equity review? (Discussion brief - 2014)
Risks of, and Responses to, the New Fossil Fuel Economy (Fact sheet - 2013)
The Three Salient Global Mitigation Pathways Assessed in Light of the IPCC Carbon Budgets (Discussion brief - 2013)