Editor's Summary

9 October 2008

Climate politics: the meeting that turned the tide

The November 1995 meeting of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) working group on the physical basis of climate change was pivotal in the process that eventually led to the Kyoto Protocol, and the current consensus on the human contribution to climate change. John Houghton chaired the meeting, and recalls an eventful few days.

EssayMeetings that changed the world: Madrid 1995: Diagnosing climate change

John Houghton chaired the tense IPCC meeting without which there would be no Kyoto Protocol. Here he recalls how science won the day.

John Houghton