Second IPCC AR5 WGI Lead Authors' Meeting

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Dear University of Edinburgh,

Second IPCC AR5 WGI Lead Authors' Meeting

You are no doubt aware of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the Aarhus Convention), with which Council Directive 2003/4/EC requires our Environmental Information Regulations 2004 to be consistent.

The process of IPCC Fifth Assessment of the science, impacts and mitigation, of climate change, in which you as a public authority are engaged, is one of the most important environmental decision-making processes of all and in which I wish to exercise my rights. Accordingly I am asking for exact copies of all the information held by you as a result of the participation of your employees in the Second Lead Authors Meeting (LA2), 18-22 July 2011, at Brest, France.

In particular, but without prejudicing my rights to all the information I wish to have an exact copy of what is referred to as the zero order draft of the AR5 WGI Assessment Report, together with the comments on of its reviewers and a list of their names.

I believe that strictly speaking this environmental information is of such public interest and importance that under EIR regulation 4 you should proactively disseminate it by electronic means and I will be satisfied with a link to where it is held in your publication scheme.

Yours faithfully,

David Holland

AAPS Records Management, University of Edinburgh

Dear Mr Holland,

Thank you for your email received on 25 July requesting information held by the University as a result of University staff participating in the Second Lead Authors Meeting, 18-22 July 2011, at Brest, France. I am writing to let you know that we have received your request and will process it as soon as possible, and within 20 working days of the day we received the request. You will hear back from us by 22 August at the latest.

Yours sincerely,

Anne

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Anne Grzybowski (née Thompson)
Deputy Records Manager
Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh

http://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management
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GREENHALGH Helen, University of Edinburgh

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Dear Mr Holland

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request on the subject of information held by the University as a result of staff participation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Second Lead Authors Meeting on 18-22 July 2011 at Brest, France.

Yours Sincerely

Ellie Greenhalgh
Administrator
Records Management Section
The University of Edinburgh
Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Tel: 0131 650 2139
e-mail: [email address]

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Dear University of Edinburgh,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Edinburgh's handling of my FOI request 'Second IPCC AR5 WGI Lead Authors' Meeting'.

In your response of 22 August to my request for information, on the Second IPCC AR5 WGI Lead Authors' Meeting - your ref T/3/7/309, you say:

"The UK government nominated experts to serve on the working groups. Two members of University of Edinburgh staff were selected to serve on WGI. Both individuals serve on the working group as UK government nominated experts, not as University of Edinburgh employees. I have however enquired whether either individual holds any information concerning LA2 in their capacity as a member of University staff. They do not."

With the greatest respect, you are wrong. The UK government through its "focal point for the IPCC" simply invited applicants to fill in forms which were sent to the "IPCC Bureau". Your employees volunteered to work for an international "working group" selected not by any government but by their fellow scientists who make up the IPCC Bureau and Technical Support Units of the working groups.

In reply to a 2007 FOIA request the British Government was at great pains to emphasise that it exercised no control of the scientists that undertake the IPCC assessments.

I believe, in law, the individuals remain in your employment.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/se...

Yours faithfully,

David Holland

AAPS Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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Dear Mr Holland,

Thank you for your two emails of 24 August 2011, seeking a review of the University's handling of your freedom of information request of 24 July 2011, and making further freedom of information requests.

Please see the attached letter in response to these requests.

Yours sincerely,

Anne

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Anne Grzybowski (née Thompson)
Deputy Records Manager
Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh
Old College
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL

http://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

--
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.