In the wake of Climategate, several controversies related to the IPCC have followed. Most notable are the errors regarding the Himalayan glaciers and the arrogant statements in media by the IPCC chair. Whether the literature that the IPCC rely upon is submitted to peer review is a crucial component in these controversies, since the IPCC derive much authority from the peer review process. I will therefore describe bibliometric data from the IPCC third assessment report to nuance the common claim that the IPCC rely mainly on peer review journal articles.
Considered the climate Bible by governments around the world, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is meant to be a scientific analysis of the most authoritative research. Instead, it references literature generated by Greenpeace – an organization known more for headline-grabbing publicity stunts than sober-minded analysis. (Eight IPCC-cited Greenpeace publications are listed at the bottom of this post.)