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IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The IPCC was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters.

The role of the IPCC is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change.

IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy and of high scientific and technical standards, and when governments accept the IPCC reports and approve their Summary for Policymakers, they acknowledge the legitimacy of their scientific content.

In 2007, the IPCC and climate change campaigner Al Gore were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to build up and disseminate knowledge about climate change caused by humans.


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