And So It Begins

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has come out. I've been waiting for this to come out for a bit because it was bound to be a source for many topics of discussion. Since the report is so new, I'll start by highlighting something simple and amusing.

A constant theme associated with this report is is imperative the report not be "leaked" to the public while in its draft form, with the IPCC saying:

The IPCC has recently circulated the Second Order Draft for expert and government review of the report, whose full title is Global Warming of 1.5°C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

Draft reports are provided to reviewers as working documents. They are not intended for public distribution, and must not be quoted or cited...

Yet if you look at the report released by the IPCC today, it is explicitly labeled a "draft" version. Here is the top of page 1, Chapter 1:

The IPCC issues press releases telling people draft versions aren't supposed to be released to the public then turns around and issues press releases about the newly published draft versions of their report. If asked, I'm sure the IPCC would say it's okay to release some draft versions while it's not okay to release other draft versions, but... that's not what they told the world. How does such a major organization create such a blatant contradiction?

It gets weirder. Whatever excuse the IPCC offers for this contradiction, there's no excuse for this, found at the bottom of Page 1, Chapter 1:

The IPCC published a draft version of its report which explicitly says not to cite, quote or distribute it. This same message can be found on every single page of the publication. Every page of it says not to cite, quote or distribute it. Yet the IPCC is citing, quoting and distributing it in a major PR campaign.

And best of all, nobody cares. Not a single person is bringing this up. In the next week, hundreds of journalists will write articles about this report, and not a single one will mention the hypocrisy of the IPCC statements. Not even in a joke or humorous aside.

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