Science in international negotiations
The Climate Change Convention: a load of hot
By Peter Hulm
Boehmer-Christiansen described the global warming
issue as "greenwash for unpopular energy and taxation policies"
(1995:1). O'Riordan (1995:6) also argues that the function of
the IPCC in part was to provide formal justification of international
control measures that would be expensive and cost jobs.
Boehmer-Christiansen further suggests that opportunistic
responses to political developments, rather than new findings
as claimed by scientists, led to policy changes (1995:10). As
for the panel concern with consensus, she comments: "What consensual
knowledge does improve is the influence of its creator" (ibid:2).
In the case of the IPCC, British research leaders were able
to switch much of the national research activity towards global
environmental change at a time of severe reductions in other
fields (ibid:8), while increasing centralized control over British
science policy (ibid:1).