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No Consensus As British MPs Bicker Over IPCC Process

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Matt McGrath, BBC News

MPs have endorsed the findings of a UN climate panel that says humans are the dominant cause of global warming. But two MPs, known for their sceptical views, voted against this conclusion.

Members of the Energy and Climate Change Committee said there was “no reason to doubt the credibility of the science” of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

But two MPs, known for their sceptical views, voted against this conclusion.

They said the committee report was more like cheer leading than objective analysis.

The IPCC issued its latest assessment of the causes, impacts and solutions to climate science, in three parts, starting in September last year.

The panel’s key conclusion was that the scientists were 95% certain that humans were the “dominant cause” of warming since the 1950s.

But the IPCC has faced criticism about its relevance and methods after a number of small errors were highlighted in its 2007 report.

The cross-party commons body heard from a range of experts and concluded that the panel had tightened its processes and the recent report was the most exhaustive and heavily scrutinised to date.

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