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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 6094]


Evaluation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. State Department, in its role as coordinator for the 
U.S. Government's role in the IPCC, requests public comment on the 
activities and process of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 
(IPCC) in order to facilitate the U.S. Government's effort to assess 
and enhance the IPCC's high-level of scientific credibility and 
relevance for the evolving needs of decision-maker.
    The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World 
Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment 
Program (UNEP). The IPCC's role is to assess on a comprehensive, 
objective, open, and transparent basis the latest scientific, 
technical, and socio-economic literature produced worldwide. Consistent 
with this role, the IPCC does not conduct research, nor does it monitor 
climate related data or parameters.
    In order to fulfill this role, the IPCC produces comprehensive 
assessment reports at regular intervals of the state of knowledge with 
respect to climate change science; impacts, vulnerability and 
adaptation; and mitigation. The most recent of these, the Fourth 
Assessment Report, was completed in November 2007. The First Assessment 
Report was completed in 1990, the Second Assessment Report in 1995, and 
the Third Assessment Report in 2001. These reports have been widely 
used as key references for the state of knowledge on climate change, 
including in international climate discussions under the United Nations 
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The IPCC also issues 
periodic Special Reports on specific aspects of climate change. The 
most recent of these, on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, was 
released in 2005. The United States has played a leading role in the 
IPCC since its inception, through official contributions and key 
leadership positions in IPCC report development, as well as through the 
contributions of many U.S. scientist and experts to the reports 
themselves.
    All IPCC reports are developed in a manner that conforms to the 
IPCC Principles and Procedures, which were developed by participating 
governments of the IPCC. Consistent with these principles and 
procedures, IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, 
although they need to deal objectively with policy relevant scientific, 
technical, and socio-economic factors.
    Efforts are currently underway within the IPCC to initiate a 
dialogue regarding the scope and nature of IPCC activities in the 
coming years. In order to inform these discussions, the State 
Department is requesting public comment regarding aspects of the IPCC 
products and the processes used to develop them.

Comments of particular value might focus on:

--The value of comprehensive assessments vs. special reports;
--The structure, frequency and process for developing IPCC reports;
--Substantive areas that need stronger coverage and, if so, why;
--Relationship of the reports to the needs of decision-makers.
    The public is also welcome to submit comment on other aspects of 
the IPCC as it sees fit. Further information about the activities of 
the IPCC, as well as IPCC reports can be found at http://www.ipcc.ch.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 29, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Send comments via e-mail to IPCC-future@climatescience.gov 
by the prescribed deadline. Append surname to title and to the attached 
word-processing file to facilitate processing and archival (e.g., 
``IPCC Future: Smith'' and IPCC-Smith.doc), and include contact details 
(name, institution, physical address, phone, and e-mail).
    All public comments will be made available on the U.S. Climate 
Change Science Program (CCSP) Web site at http://
www.climatescience.gov/Library/ipcc/ipcc-future.htm as submitted, 
unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, comments will not 
be edited to remove any identifying or contact information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trigg Talley, U.S. Department of 
State, Office of Global Change, at (202)647-3984.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: IPCC assessments and special reports and 
other information about IPCC activities are available at http://
www.ipcc.ch.

    Dated: February 5, 2008.
Donna L. Lee,
Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State.
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