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We need power to prescribe climate policy, IPCC scientists say

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🗞️ Driving the news: Senior IPCC scientists are advocating for an overhaul of the panel's structure and powers, expressing frustration at the slow pace of climate action
• They suggest granting scientists the authority to make policy prescriptions and potentially oversee their implementation

🔭 The context: This call for change comes amid concerns about the effectiveness of current climate change mitigation efforts and the growing discrepancy between scientific recommendations and actual policy actions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Enhancing the IPCC's role could lead to more decisive and science-based climate policies, crucial for addressing urgent climate challenges and meeting global targets

⏭️ What's next: The proposal for IPCC restructuring faces challenges, including balancing scientific guidance with political realities and ensuring equitable representation from different regions

💬 One quote: "As climate change becomes worse and worse, it is becoming more difficult to be policy relevant without being prescriptive." (Sonia Seneviratne, IPCC vice-chair)

📈 One stat: More than 650 climate scientists recently signed a plea calling for a faster, fairer phaseout of fossil fuels and increased climate funding for poorer nations

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