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IPCC fixes date for review of global warming report

The expert review of the first order draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on “Global Warming of 1.5ºC” (SR15) will take place from July 13 to September 24, 2017.

Valérie Masson-Delmotte

Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I, IPCC

The IPCC has called on Expert Reviewers to register for the event from Monday, July 17, 2017 until one week before the end of the review period.

Experts from around the world will provide scientific comments to the author team of the report: “Global Warming of 1.5 °C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty”.

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“The quality of the IPCC assessment strongly depends on the contribution made by Expert Reviewers from all over the world”, says Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I. “We solicit experts to join us in this review effort, including early career scientists, as an opportunity to participate in the IPCC process and contribute directly to the preparation of the special report.”

All IPCC reports go through two stages of formal review. The first draft is evaluated by Expert Reviewers, before a second draft is reviewed by both governments and experts for final assessment. This comprehensive review process ensures that IPCC reports cover the most up to date scientific, technical and socio-economic findings, and are representative of a broad range of independent expertise from developed and developing countries.

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Expert Reviewers are invited to comment on the report to achieve a comprehensive, exhaustive, objective and transparent assessment of the available scientific literature. Contributions to the Expert Review are acknowledged once the report is finalised.

To register as an Expert Reviewer, a self-declaration of expertise is required, says the IPCC, adding that once the registration is complete, reviewers are requested to respect the confidentiality of the draft that is provided solely for the purpose of the review. The drafts may not be cited, quoted or distributed, noted the IPCC.

“Global Warming of 1.5ºC” will be finalised in September 2018 and is being prepared in response to an invitation from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015. The Panel approved the outline of the report in October 2016.

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