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Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change
What is the IPCC?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.
The IPCC is an intergovernmental body and focuses on the science-policy interface, i.e. handing over scientific information so that it can underpin government decisions on how to address climate change.
It is open to all member countries of the United Nations (UN) and WMO.
Reports are written by scientists drawn from around the world based on their expertise and geographical balance.
Governments participate in the review process and the plenary Sessions, where main decisions about the IPCC work programme are taken and reports are accepted, adopted and approved.
The IPCC provides guidelines and best practice advice on preparing greenhouse gas emissions inventories through its Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
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What is the IPCC Bureau?
The IPCC Bureau consists of the IPCC Chair, three IPCC Vice Chairs, Co-Chairs of the three Working Groups and the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and 6-8 members of each of the three Working Group Bureaus. The Bureau is chaired by the IPCC Chair (recently elected Dr Hoesung Lee from the Republic of Korea). The Bureau’s work is supported by the IPCC Secretariat based in Geneva.
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On 30 April 2014 a workshop was held at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wellington. Presentations and Q&A sessions from April's IPCC Stakeholder Workshop "Responding to Climate Change" are now available for viewing online:...
Dr Andy Reisinger, Deputy Director (International) has been appointed as a member of the IPCC Bureau to provide guidance to the 195 country governments represented in the IPCC on scientific aspects and process for delivering a sixth assessment...
Reisinger, A., J. Lawrence, et al. (2015). From coping to resilience: The role of managed retreat in highly developed coastal regions of New Zealand. Climate Change and the Coast, CRC Press: 285-310. Abstract To follow Read more (external paid,...
Conclusion of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report: Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded its Fifth Assessment Report on 2 November 2014 with the release of its Synthesis Report. The Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report...
OPINION: The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms that agriculture is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. No group will therefore be more surprised than farmers, when they hear how much they are...
There is robust scientific evidence that the climate is changing, and that most of the warming observed over the past 50 years is due to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities. This fact sheet summarises why, and how,...