Reading some of the media coverage on the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency’s report on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), you’d think it had condemned the IPCC for gross misrepresentation of the climate science. The Australian, for example, went with the headline ‘UN’s climate report one-sided’. While this may fit the worldview of some Oz readers, it does not reflect the content of the report.
The investigation was triggered by the revelation the IPCC’s report on the impacts of climate change (known as the Working Group II report) contained errors about the expected rate of melting of the Himalayan glaciers and the proportion of land in the Netherlands that is below sea level. These errors were reported widely and fed scepticism about the integrity of the IPCC and climate change science more broadly.