At long last, after years of waiting and leaks galore, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finally released the first in its 5th assessment (AR5) series on 9/27/2013.
The first, and most widely read of all the IPCC assessments, is the AR5 “Summary for Policymakers” (SPM).
It was years in the making. AR5 has 831 authors, 600 contributing authors and more than 9,200 cited scientific publications.
It took a full week of intense paragraph-by-paragraph editing in Stockholm to tweak the finalized, approved SPM. Then the report was introduced to the world in a gala, orchestrated media event.
Science aside, astonishing as this sounds, the first released IPCC AR5 “Summary for Policymakers” is the sorriest excuse of a document you could imagine. It isn’t finished, it’s poorly conceived, poorly written, confusing and filled with inconsistencies.
Given the inconsistencies, it calls into question its qualitative judgements.
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