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The global advisory body to science academies, the InterAcademy Council (IAC), has announced its appointment of University of Amsterdam (UvA) professor and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) member Louise Fresco to the 12-member evaluation committee tasked with examining the working methods of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The global advisory body to science academies, the InterAcademy Council (IAC), has announced its appointment of University of Amsterdam (UvA) professor and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) member Louise Fresco to the 12-member evaluation committee tasked with examining the working methods of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Harold T. Shapiro, economist and former president of Princeton University, will serve as the committee chair.

The committee is being formed in response to the United Nations (UN) and IPCC's joint request that the IAC offer an independent opinion on the IPCC reports, focusing in particular on the care with which the reports were drawn up. Among other things, the investigation will look into the reliability and verifiability of data, the nature of the literature and information used to draw up the reports and the manner in which errors discovered after publication are being rectified. In addition, the committee will scrutinize the overall operations at the IPCC, including the organisation's management, structure and communications. The IAC will present the UN with a report of its findings and recommendations by 30 August at the latest.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, who is president of the KNAW and a UvA university professor as well as co-chair of the IAC, says he is very pleased that these eminent experts have shown themselves prepared to volunteer their time to take part in the committee. ‘This is precisely the kind of independent research that the InterAcademy Council was set up to conduct, and I am convinced that our work will have immense value for the United Nations and the scientific community.'