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IPCC – the world authority on climate

The IPCC reports are a really big deal for climate change. So what are they? And why should we trust them?

Hurricane typhoon over planet Earth viewed from space. Elements of image are furnished by NASA.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for assessing climate change.

The IPCC was established in 1988 by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organisation. The aim is to provide the world with a clear scientific review of the current knowledge on climate change.

Every five to seven years, the IPCC produces Assessment Reports. These are the most comprehensive scientific reports about climate change produced worldwide. 

What you need to know

Here you can learn about the role of the IPCC reports – and why the gruelling review process makes them the ultimate source of climate change information.

Find out key information by clicking on each heading below: