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Climate politics is more complex and urgent than ever – is the IPCC still fit for purpose?

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🗞 Driving the news: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN's cornerstone body on climate data, is facing increasing scrutiny over its role and structure in the ever-evolving realm of climate politics

🔭 The context: Historically, the IPCC has been a neutral, consensus-driven body, drawing its information from a vast array of volunteer experts globally
• With the shift in conversation towards actionable policies and solutions, activists are pushing for a more diverse representation of voices or even a pivot towards direct advocacy in the IPCC

🌎 Why it matters for the planet: The effectiveness and approach of the IPCC directly influence global climate strategies
• A more inclusive and diverse IPCC might lead to richer, more nuanced policies while a pivot towards advocacy could drive more immediate change

⏭️ What's next: The IPCC can pick one of three potential future paths: minor reforms that uphold the current structure, a shift towards greater diversity and inclusion at the possible expense of consensus, or a transformation into an advocacy-driven entity

💬 One quote: "Whatever future the IPCC choses, it will face difficulties in supporting the much wider variety of actors who now look to it to provide a knowledge base for transforming society,” (Adam Standring, researcher at Örebro University)

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