A report published last week suggests that the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) should adopt new strategies for communicating with the public, including telling human stories to illustrate the impacts of climate change.

There are probably not many who would disagree that we need new ways of communicating about climate change. And story-telling might be an opportunity to engage the public. But surely this is not the role of the IPCC? Its reports are designed to objectively review scientific evidence for policy-makers, not to persuade the general public that climate change is an important issue.

This is not to suggest that the IPCC is perfect, and perhaps it should seriously consider some of the suggestions made in this new report, for example to move from infrequent (about every 6/7 year) assessments to more timely updates.