The voice of the IPCC can be heard everywhere today – and it is increasingly insistent. No one can ignore that levels of greenhouse gases are rising, that the impacts of climate change are being felt on all continents, and that solutions to these challenges exist.
The legitimacy of the IPCC's voice has been built over time and has come at the cost of strong institutionalisation. Far from the original vision of its founders, who created it in 1988 as an informal structure to serve decision-makers, today the IPCC brings together thousands of people and creates an international space for dialogue between scientists and diplomats. This book opens up this black box for the first time. It recounts the strictness of the evaluation processes and the weight of the bureaucracy they produce. It describes the expert negotiation work with states on the IPCC’s main conclusions and warns against the risk of depoliticising climate issues.