In an article in this weekend's paper, the Mail on
accuses the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) of 'sexing up' its findings in the short 'summary for
policymakers' that accompanies its latest report. But the
responded this morning, saying the Mail on Sunday "misleads the
reader by distorting the carefully balanced language of the
In an effort to help policymakers and the public engage with its
mammoth scientific reports, the IPCC produces a summary - the
Summary for Policymakers (SPM). It tries to present the
report's overall conclusions in a shorter and more accessible
The Mail on Sunday has done a comparison between the SPM, and
quotes it claims come from the full IPCC report. The article says
the SPM puts an "alarmist spin" on the findings, but the IPCC has
rejected that charge in a statement.
We look at what the report has to say, and the Mail on Sunday's
troubling presentation of the evidence.
Wrong chapter, misleading attribution
The Mail on Sunday says the IPCC's SPM over-emphasises the
extent to which climate change is expected affect a range of other
issues, starting with how it could force migration as extreme
weather hits people's local environments.
But the IPCC defends the SPM's finding, saying the Mail on
Sunday has cherrypicked quotes that don't reflect the report's
Here is the Mail on Sunday's accusation:
The IPCC says the Mail on Sunday ignores important evidence on
migration in the report that supports the SPM statement.