The IPCC’s Post-Paris Political Rallying Cry

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IPCC official Chris Field claims the latest IPCC report set the stage for a Paris climate deal. An e-mail he sent to colleagues three days ago is pure politics.

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You know that urban myth, the one about how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an objective, policy-neutral, wholly scientific body staffed by experts with impeccable judgment? You know how we’re endlessly assured that the individuals who write IPCC reports are disinterested professionals who merely let the evidence speak for itself?

Here’s an e-mail Christopher Field, the person in charge of the Working Group 2 section of the latest IPCC report, sent three days ago to everyone involved in his section:

Dear Colleagues,

I hope all of you share my excitement about today’s outcome in Paris.  Finally, we have the foundation for a coordinated, ambitious approach to climate change.  There is still much to do.  The…

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