The InterAcademy Council will look into the work of the IPCC and in particular its reports in 2007, some of which contributed it being awarded the Nobel Prize along with former US vice-president Al Gore.

Chair of the 12 person review is Harold Shapiro, a renowned economist and former president of Princeton University.

The review was ordered in March by United nations secretary-seneral Ban Ki-moon and IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri, and will take place in New York.

“We approach this review with an open mind,” Mr Shapiro said: “I’m confident we have the experts on this committee necessary to supply the UN with a stronger process for providing policymakers the best assessment of climate change possible.”

The IAC committee, whose members were nominated by science and engineering academies around the world, includes experts representing several countries and disciplines.

The committee will review IPCC procedures for preparing its assessment reports which are due to be released on August 30.

Luke Walsh

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