They set an ambush for their own lives. -- Proverbs
It was by coincidence that only a week after James Hansen delivered his dramatic testimony before a Senate committee in Washington, delegates from nearly fifty nations assembled in Toronto in May of 1988. Their agenda: to address ways of bringing Earth's temperature back under control. It was the first International Conference on the Changing Atmosphere.
The talks went so well that the same delegates met in Geneva that fall to form what would become the world's leading authority on global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Some of the panelists came from the countries most responsible for the release of greenhouse gases: the United States, the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, West Germany, and Brazil. Others came from states that contribute very little to the problem but have a great deal to lose, including Malta and the low-lying Maldive Islands. Together they created a scenario of what the future may hold if nothing is done to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Now an organization sponsored by the United Nations, the IPCC is made up of 2,500 scientists from around the world, and it is their methodical and detailed analysis of global warming that dominates the climate debate.
The IPCC's Climate Change 1994 is the most authoritative