Top climate expert’s sensational claim of government meddling in crucial UN report
- Officials from all main countries ‘insisted on changes in late-night meeting’
- Intervention amounts to ‘serious conflict of interest’, claims Harvard prof
- IPCC reports are supposed to be independent as they help shape policy
By David Rose
Published: DailyMail.co.uk, 17:27 EST, 26 April 2014 | Updated: 17:46 EST, 26 April 2014
Revelation: Professor Robert Stavins, said officials representing ‘all the main countries and regions of the world’ insisted on changes to the report
A top US academic has dramatically revealed how government officials forced him to change a hugely influential scientific report on climate change to suit their own interests.
Harvard professor Robert Stavins electrified the worldwide debate on climate change on Friday by sensationally publishing a letter online in which he spelled out the astonishing interference.
He said the officials, representing ‘all the main countries and regions of the world’ insisted on the changes in a late-night meeting at a Berlin conference centre two weeks ago.
Three quarters of the original version of the document ended up being deleted.
Prof Stavins claimed the intervention amounted to a serious ‘conflict of interest’ between scientists and governments. His revelation is significant because it is rare for climate change experts to publicly question the process behind the compilation of reports on the subject.
Prof Stavins, Harvard’s Professor of Business and Government, was one of two ‘co-ordinating lead authors’ of a key report published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month.
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