Five questions to the new Chairman of the IPCC

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Watts Up With That?

IPCC-chair-hoesung-lee Newly appointed IPCC Chairman Hoesung Lee

by Drieu Godefridi

Mr. Chairman,

Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on your appointment as the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). If I may, please allow me to take this opportunity to submit to you five questions on the nature of your organisation, which terms itself a “scientific body” (ipcc.org):

1. The last word, in the IPCC reports, belongs to the General Assembly (“Principles Governing IPCC Work”, article 11).

Is it true that the vast majority of the people in this assembly are not scientists, but civil servants and representatives of the governments, NGOs, etc. without any scientific credentials required?

2. The IPCC has three aims: to summarise climate science, to evaluate the negative impact, for mankind, of climate change, and to set standards to curb said negative impact.

Is it correct that two of these objectives require…

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