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The process by which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) operates and produces its periodic assessments requires some fundamental changes so that it is more effective and transparent, according to a 30 August report of the Inter-Academy Council (IAC). The report recommends modernizing the IPCC management structure, including imposing a limit of one term for the IPCC chair and other key IPCC leaders, to “ensure a greater infusion of fresh perspectives on the assessments.” The report notes that a two-term appointment, for a total of 12 years, “is too long for a field as dynamic and contested as climate change.” Current IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri is in his second term and has held the position since 2002.