UN lays out plans for outside review of IPCC

“The IPCC stands firmly behind the rigor and reliability of its Fourth Assessment Report from 2007, but we recognize that we can improve. We have listened and learned from our critics, and we intend to take every action we can to ensure that our reports are as robust as possible,” said IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri in a prepared statement.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Pachauri requested the review.

The review will “examine every aspect of how the IPCC’s reports are prepared, including the use of non-peer reviewed literature and the reflection of diverse viewpoints. The review will also examine institutional aspects, including management functions as well as the panel’s procedures for communicating its findings with the public,” the UN said.