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UN Employees as IPCC Authors

March 24, 2014

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

The IPCC’s Chapter 7 was not written by neutral, dispassionate scholars. Three UN employees are among its authors.


I’ve been writing about problems in Chapter 7 of the report due to be released soon by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A leaked copy of that chapter can be downloaded here.

I’ve observed that a research paper the IPCC says sheds light on the damage insects do to crops doesn’t actually discuss that topic. I’ve noted that several papers cited in Chapter 7 weren’t published via a circumspect process, but demonstrate conflict-of-interest on the part of Chapter 7 lead author Andrew Challinor.

But the problems don’t end there. Chapter 7 has eight lead authors, two coordinating lead authors (chapter heads), and 10 contributing authors. That makes 20 authors altogether. So why are three of these individuals United Nations employees?

This, too, is a conflict-of-interest. People who…

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