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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Founded by the United Nations (UN) in 1988, the IPCC is responsible for the assessment of climate change. Its mission is to give the world a clear scientific view of the current state of climate change and its environmental and socioeconomic consequences.

The IPCC writes reports in four categories: Assessment Reports, Special Reports, Technical Papers, and Methodology Papers.

In its First Assessment Report in 1990 the IPCC confirmed that climate change poses a real threat. Further assessment reports followed: the second in 1995, the third in 2001, and the fourth in 2007. By each report the extent of the problem becomes clearer. The IPCC is already working on the fifth report, due in 2014.

In 2007 the IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize “for is efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

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