• IPCC Processes To Be Revamped

    • Date: 05/04/10

    Days after the United Nations (UN) asked the InterAcademy Council (IAC) to streamline the procedures of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) for preparing assessment reports, experts suggest that there is an urgent need to tighten the entire process. “There is need to tighten the procedures adopted by the IPCC for preparing the fourth […]

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  • France To Hold Official Debate On Global Warming

    • Date: 03/04/10

    At the suggestion of France’s science minister, Valérie Pécresse, France’s National Academy of Sciences will hold an official debate on climate change to try to defuse this newly explosive issue. In an attempt to stop the erosion of their public support, some 410 establishment scientists petitioned the current science minster, asking her to rebuke the […]

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  • Political Backlash: Canadian Government Prunes Climate Research

    • Date: 03/04/10

    Financial woes Laprise and other scientists in his field are frustrated that the 2010 federal budget, made public last month, set aside no new money for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, the main source of federal funding for climate-related research. CFCAS was founded in 2000 and has doled out $116 million on […]

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  • Among Weathercasters, Doubt On Warming

    • Date: 30/03/10

    The debate over global warming has created predictable adversaries, pitting environmentalists against industry and coal-state Democrats against coastal liberals. But it has also created tensions between two groups that might be expected to agree on the issue: climate scientists and meteorologists, especially those who serve as television weather forecasters. Climatologists, who study weather patterns over time, […]

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  • IPCC To Give Up Political Lobbying, Pachauri Promises

    • Date: 27/03/10

    The outspoken chairman of the UN’s climate change body is to adopt a neutral advisory role and has agreed to stop making statements demanding new taxes and other radical policies on cutting emissions. In an interview with The Times, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, apologised for his organisation’s handling of […]

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  • India Demands IPCC Reforms: Should Include Sceptical Views

    • Date: 25/03/10

    The [Indian] government might have backed R K Pachauri, the beleaguered chairman of UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but it has also sent a long and detailed advisory on how the panel could improve its operations. The note is bound to be seen as a veiled criticism of the panel that has been under […]

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    • Date: 24/03/10

    Yet more United Nations analysis of the measures necessary to combat climate change has come under fire from scientists. The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. This is a higher share than transport. By contrast, when assessing transport they included only the greenhouse […]

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    • Date: 18/03/10

    A little-known group called the InterAcademy Council has been made the voice of authority on the credibility of climate change, leaving critics scratching their heads — and some key questions unanswered. But in the decade it has existed, the IAC has accomplished little relevant to climate change — the four major reports it has produced […]

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