The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, convened for a four-day session on Tuesday to begin the next round of what is known as the assessment cycle. Established in 1988, IPCC is the scientific authority on the climate crisis, bringing the most detailed, evidence-based picture of how the Earth’s climate is changing in its assessment report (AR). These reports cover in fine detail the technical, economic and social factors, and consequences of the climate crisis. The meeting, which will go on till Friday, in Nairobi, Kenya, will begin work on the AR7, or the seventh assessment report, which is likely to be drawn up in 5-7 years.

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