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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1992
A task force of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change met in August to discuss the future structure of the IPCC, and
its potential role in the International Framework Convention on Climate Change,
which was formally launched at the Earth Summit in Rio. The convention calls for
a subsidiary body to provide scientific and technological advice, and many
(including IPCC Chair Bert Bolin) expect the IPCC to be that body. The next
meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the convention will
be held in December in Geneva.
At the August session, the task force proposed combining the work groups on
impacts and response strategies to better coordinate their studies, and to deal
with common issues such as emissions scenarios and economic forecasts. The
proposal for restructuring will be presented to a plenary session of the IPCC in
Sources: Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 3, Sep. 11, 1992; Inside
EPA, p. 5, Sep. 4; Coal News, p. 1, Sep. 7.
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