Policy ForumClimate Change

The IPCC at a crossroads: Opportunities for reform

Science  02 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6256, pp. 34-35
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4419

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Summary

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has proven its value as an institution for large-scale scientific collaboration to synthesize and assess large volumes of climate research for use by policy-makers, as well as for establishing credibility of findings among diverse national governments. But the IPCC has received considerable criticism of both its substance and process. The new IPCC leadership to be elected in October could help guide the IPCC to a clear, shared understanding of future objectives and could shape procedural reforms. We identify key opportunities for reform by addressing two related questions: Is the IPCC doing the right things? Is the IPCC doing things right?