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InterAcademy Council Releases Review of IPCC

Harold Shapiro, Chair of the InterAcademy (IAC) Council Committee to Review the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), holds up a copy of the IAC's newly-released independent review of IPCC processes and procedures, during a press conference at UN Headquarters. UN photo by Devra Berkowitz.

A new report from the InterAcademy Council, an organization of the world’s science academies, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, says that the process used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce its periodic assessment reports has been a success overall, but that IPCC needs to reform its management structure, strengthen its procedures, and become more transparent to handle increasingly complex climate assessments and greater public scrutiny. The report was released today at the United Nations.