Donald Trump’s decision to axe US donations has left the IPCC with an urgent cash crunch. Sources say some governments are set to increase their contributions
The UN’s climate science panel is soliciting donations from member governments to fill a big funding shortfall at a meeting in Montreal, Canada.
The financial situation reached crisis point after Donald Trump this year announced he would halt US contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The US has supplied nearly a third of the panel’s income since its inception and 45% of its funds in 2016.
Even before Trump’s announcement, the panel had started reviewing options as governments in general became less generous. Meeting documents show its reserves will run out at the end of 2017 and debts will exceed $25 million in 2022 if the pot is not replenished.
Sources at the meeting told Climate Home a number of governments had expressed a willingness to increase their contributions, after being updated on the …