Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
|Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change |
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an
It was established in 1988 by the
IPCC reports cover the "scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change,
Thousands of scientists and other experts contribute on a voluntary basis to writing and reviewing reports, which are then reviewed by governments. IPCC reports contain a "
The IPCC provides an internationally accepted authority on climate change, producing reports which have the agreement of leading climate scientists and the consensus of participating governments. The
The IPCC developed from an international scientific body, the
The IPCC has adopted and published "Principles Governing IPCC Work", which states that the IPCC will assess:
This document also states that IPCC will do this work by assessing "on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis" of these topics. The Principles also state that "IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they may need to deal objectively with scientific, technical and socio-economic factors relevant to the application of particular policies."