IPCC Pulls Its Punches: Scientific American

Fri, 2007-03-23 10:34Ross Gelbspan
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IPCC Pulls Its Punches: Scientific American

After some debate, the scientists and diplomats of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued their long-anticipated summary report in February – leaving out a reference to an accelerated warming trend.

By excluding statements that provoked disagreement and adhering strictly to data published in peer-reviewed journals, the IPCC has generated a conservative document that may underestimate the changes that will result from a warming world, much as its 2001 report did.

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