Policy Documents

Changes in the Climate Change Report

S. Fred Singer –
July 3, 1996

The controversial text changes (News & Comments, 21 June) made in “Climate Change 1995,” the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) [1], point to a possible distortion of science for political purposes. If the IPCC conclusions are accepted by governments as being based on solid science and lead to global controls on energy use and generation, drastic economic consequences would follow, impacting mainly on the world’s poor.

Dr. Benjamin Santer, convening lead author of Chapter 8, admits to making the actual changes between the final approval of the report in Madrid (in November 1995} and its printing (in May 1996), because “reviewers requested them” [2]. This statement obviously calls for considerable amplification.