I remain fascinated by the number of acronyms that pop up on my radar screen. I've blogged about acronyms a couple of times over the years, first in one of my earlier blogs (in 2009)
and again last year
. In between, I've written several pieces on different subjects in which I incorporated some of my own acronym creations. Once again, these pieces ranged over several years, from 2010
to last year
So perhaps it should not be too surprising that I am moved to write about acronyms once again. This time, my work has been done for me, because Richard Ingham and Mariette Le Roux have compiled a whole list of acronyms and initialisms related to discussions of climate change
that was posted on Phys.org as well as on several other sites.
Since anyone who deals with nuclear energy issues these days is surely following the concerns about climate change, I thought others might find this list helpful. The full list, of course, is at the link above, but here, I thought I'd highlight the acronyms (and a few initialisms) that I found most useful or most fun.
Herewith, my favorites:
Association of Small Island States (i.e., those highly vulnerable to sea-level rise)
Bloc comprising Brazil, South Africa, India, China (not to be confused with the previously popular BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)
Business and industry non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and their counterparts:
Trade union NGOs
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
Like-Minded Developing Countries
Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (a Kyoto Protocol provision to count trees as "sinks" which absorb carbon dioxide)
Meeting of Parties (under the Kyoto Protocol)
Measurement, reporting and verification
Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action, and the related
National Adaptation Programs for Action
Quantified Emission Limitation and Reduction Obligation
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation
There are far more in the original article, but I left some of those off either because I thought they were generally familiar (for example, BAU for business as usual, CCS for carbon capture and storage, COP for conference of parties, GHG for greenhouse gases, LDCs for least developed countries, and KP for Kyoto Protocol--in this context!), or because I felt they weren't as interesting, or because they weren't really acronyms or initialisms.