The AR5, summarizing the state of scientific knowledge about climate change, is going through an elaborate system of drafting, review by experts and governments, and revision to ensure that it meets the highest standards, is comprehensive and reflects the published literature and a range of scientific viewpoints. The main stages of the IPCC review process are the review of the “first-order draft” (FOD) by scientific experts, the review of the “second-order draft” (SOD) by experts and governments and the government review of the final draft of the summary for policymakers. Following this, the final draft report and its summary for policymakers are submitted for acceptance and approval to the IPCC Plenary.
04 November 2011 - The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency has organized a workshop on the Role of Human Settlements, Infrastructures, and Spatial Planning for Climate Change Mitigation in Oslo. Upon invitation by the Norwegian government an author team of the IPCC’s fifth Assessment Report (AR5) was able to attend the meeting to discuss a novel chapter of the upcoming assessment.
23 August 2011 - A leading scientist in the field of energy research, Lee Schipper died at the age of 64. Schipper was looking forward to his role as review editor for the IPCC fifth Assessment Report’s Transport chapter. He passed away on August 16th having battled cancer for several weeks.
21 July 2011 – More than 200 scientists congregated in Changwon, Korea from July 12th to 15th for the first meeting of lead authors of the Working Group III contribution to the fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The authors have been familiarized with the IPCC code of conduct, introduced to the writing process and have outlined the storylines of the 16 chapters of the Working Group III contribution to the AR5 that is to be published in 2014. The meeting was organized by the IPCC Working Group III (WGIII) “Mitigation of Climate Change”.
In a commentary, Ottmar Edenhofer refutes accusations that the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation is biased by a conflict of interest.
Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will present the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) at the United Nations Headquarters.
This media briefing provides information about the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the occasion of the Joint IPCC WGI/WGII/WGIII Expert Meeting on Geoengineering being held in Lima, Peru, from June 20 to 22, 2011.
In its new Special Report, the IPCC assesses the potentials of renewable energy technologies to contribute to securing future global energy supply and to mitigating climate change. The comprehensive state of knowledge assessment Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) has been presented to the public in Berlin, Germany, on 16 May 2011.
Potsdam, 11 May 2011 - By 2050, a maximum of 77 percent of the world's energy supply could be provided from renewable energy sources. The share of renewable energy in the future global energy mix differs substantially among scientific scenarios. But a comprehensive review by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlines the large potential of renewable energy sources to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases and anthropogenic climate change. On Monday, the summary for policymakers of the ‘Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation’ (SRREN) has been approved by government representatives for IPCC member countries at the 11th Session of Working Group III in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
19 January 2011 - For some fine-tuning of the much awaited IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources, about 30 scientists from all over the world met at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) this week. Participants came from Argentina, China, Nepal, India, the USA, and other countries to discuss the report, currently spanning roughly one thousand pages.
Scientists outline framework for new socioeconomic scenarios for exploring climate change impacts and responses
5 November 2010 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is facilitating the further development of socioeconomic scenarios, portraits of possible social and economic futures, by the scientific community. In a three-day workshop in Berlin that concluded on Wednesday, experts in climate change impacts, adaptation, vulnerabilities, and mitigation discussed strategies for increasing the policy relevance of studies that will be assessed in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) to be published in 2014.
18 October 2010 - At the Plenary Session of the IPCC in Busan, South Korea, Francis Yamba has been appointed to Vice-Chair of the Working Group III “Mitigation of Climate Change”. His predecessor Ismail A.R. El Gizouli from Sudan has become IPCC Vice-Chair.
08/30/2010 - Today, the InterAcademy Council (IAC) has released its report “Climate Change Assessments - Review of the Processes and Procedures of the IPCC”. The review committee states that the process to produce the periodic assessment reports has been “successful overall”. However, it recommends fundamentally reforming the IPCC management structure and strengthening its procedures.
07/19/2010 - The world of climate science lost one of its greatest minds and strongest voices on July 19 with the death of Steve Schneider. Steve, who was 65, was a major contributor to the IPCC and one of its fiercest supporters. He was looking forward with enthusiasm to serving as a coordinating lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report. An obituary by Chris Field, WGII co-chair, Vicente Barros, WGII co-chair and the WGII TSU.
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency: Key findings of IPCC on regional climate-change impacts are robust
07/06/2010 - PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has found no errors that would undermine the main conclusions in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on possible future regional impacts of climate change. However, in some instances the foundations for the summary statements should have been made more transparent. The PBL believes that the IPCC should invest more in quality control in order to prevent mistakes and shortcomings, to the extent possible.
Press release: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change appoints authors for fifth Assessment Report
06/24/2010 - 831 scientists will contribute to the fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to be published between June 2013 and March 2014. On Wednesday, the IPCC Secretariat in Geneva released the list of experts who will work towards delivering the three Working Groups’ reports. Seven scientists working at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research have been named.