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A task force of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met in August to discuss the future structure of the IPCC, and its potential role in the International Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was formally launched at the Earth Summit in Rio. The convention calls for a subsidiary body to provide scientific and technological advice, and many (including IPCC Chair Bert Bolin) expect the IPCC to be that body. The next meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the convention will be held in December in Geneva.

At the August session, the task force proposed combining the work groups on impacts and response strategies to better coordinate their studies, and to deal with common issues such as emissions scenarios and economic forecasts. The proposal for restructuring will be presented to a plenary session of the IPCC in November.

Sources: Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 3, Sep. 11, 1992; Inside EPA, p. 5, Sep. 4; Coal News, p. 1, Sep. 7.

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