The review committee set up to help revive the beleaguered IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) filed its report yesterday with proposals for wide-ranging changes to the way climate science is done. Set up 22 years ago to provide science advice to governments as they try to deal with global warming, the IPCC has found itself embroiled in a storm of controversy recently. First there was notoriously unsupported claim that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035. Then there were those leaked emails from the University of East Anglia, which revealed a handful of influential climate scientists displaying a circle-the-wagons mentality as climate skeptics tried to gain access to their data and analysis methods.
The UN’s official report called for more rigorous conflict-of-interest rules; wider representation of dissenting views among practicing climate scientists in its final reports; and a limit on the number of reports scientists can take a lead role in producing. But what caught my attention was the emphasis on improving transparency in climate change research, something we addressed not once but twice in the soon to be released Macrowikinomics.
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