The IPCC are the body charged with ‘settling the science’ related to climate change.
The IPCC effectively work on behalf of all humans and currently have 195 national governments as members (including the Australian government).
They are 33 years old, having been established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1988.
They do not conduct their own scientific research, instead they assess published scientific literature to document what we know about climate change. They periodically consolidate this knowledge in reports. With the issue of each new report our knowledge of climate change improves.
IPCC reports provide decision makers the most reliable and balanced scientific information available on climate change. But they do not tell decision makers what actions to take.
IPCC reports are written by hundreds of leading scientists, who enlist hundreds of other experts to provide complementary expertise. They undergo multiple rounds of drafting and review to ensure they are comprehensive, objective, open and transparent. Thousands of other experts review the reports, ensuring the reports reflect the full range of views in the scientific community.
So back to the acronym. I P C C stands for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – and they are the climate change experts. And in these Covid times we all love and trust our experts don’t we?
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