date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 13:23:43 -0500
from: Robert Watson
subject: Synthesis Report (SYR): Summary for Policymakers
to: “Robert Watson” <REDACTED>, “Rajendra Pachauri” <REDACTED>, “Tomihiro Taniguchi” <REDACTED>, “John Houghton”… [And the Core Team....]
Dear core and extended team members of the IPCC Synthesis Report,
I truly appreciate all the effort that you are expending on preparing the IPCC
I had planned to have a short SPM ready for your review by now but I decided
that I needed to better understand the key messages from each of the Working
groups before the 5-7 page report could be finished. Hence, I would greatly
appreciate it if you could review this material – big messages not fine tuning
I have taken the 100-page report and attempted to extract what I believe are the
key messages in a 26-page summary (14,000 words).
When you redraft
the answers to the questions hopefully this will assist you in seeing what I
thought were the take-home messages.
I have also attached a shortened version of question 2, which is about the right
length for the SPM …..The key to success for the Synthesis Report and the SPM
will be punchy take home messages, and thoughtful tables and figures.
Would you please send me comments by Friday, February 2. I think that the key
to success will be a few well-crafted tables and figures. As soon as I receive
your comments, I will write a 5-7 page SPM.
Thanks in advance
Robert T. Watson, Chief Scientist & Director, ESSD – The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW – MSN MC4-408, Washington, DC 20433 – USA