Political Corruption of the IPCC?
Prior to publication, the final version of the Summary for Policy Makers of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Work Group 1: The Physical Science Basis) was consensually agreed line by line by governmental agents. Applying the tools of "Redactionsgeschichte", the substantive editorial changes established in this process throw light on the directions in which political and economic interests have influenced the presented scientific material. Attention has been paid specifically to those alterations that change the emphasis or meaning of the text, while minor re-ordering, textual transposition and polish for meaning and clarity, have been ignored. Links are then made between the direction of governmental editorial bias and the lacunae or omissions in the content as a whole. The study concludes with an exploration of the "primary task" of the Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change,