Published online 16 May 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/473261a
Major reform for climate body
Intergovernmental panel aims to become more responsive.
After months of soul-searching, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has agreed on reforms intended to restore confidence in its integrity and its assessments of climate science.
The first major test of these changes will be towards the end of this year, with the release of a report assessing whether climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events. Despite much speculation, there is scant scientific evidence for such a link — particularly between climate warming, storm frequency and economic losses — and the report is expected to spark renewed controversy.
The IPCC makes some cosmetic changes because it is concerned that it has lost its scientific credibility… “The first major test of these changes will be… the release of a report assessing whether climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events” despite the lack of scientific evidence for such a connection.