The IPCC Plods on

Every few years the UN’s Intergovernmental  Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces an assessment report on global climate.  The last report, the fourth assessment was written in 2005 and released to the public in November of 2007.

I was wondering when the IPCC was going to bless us with an update.  I Googled the IPCC fifth assessment report and got lots of information.  The IPCC has a shiny new brochure displaying all the cool stuff we are going to get in the new 5th assessment, in October of 2014….still a full 2 years away.   The document is worth a look.

The ever expanding IPCC is adding lots of new stuff….but there is a silver lining to this UN cloud, they are slowing down.  The first assessment was written in 1990, then 1995 then 2oo1.   The next one is due in October of 2014.  As the IPCC adds new content, the project grows…and the time it takes to review all this stuff gets longer.

The IPCC began writing in 2010 and they are now beginning to circulate drafts for consideration.    In about 2 years and 4 months (if it stays on schedule) the next assessment will be ready for public consumption….and some of the data included in the report will be four years old.    How topical.

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