The IPCC says “Oops!”

A warning that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

From the Times Online:  World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown

Follow up to my earlier post on the Himalayan snowball fight.

3 Responses to The IPCC says “Oops!”

  1. mark says:

    “Professor Murari Lal, who oversaw the chapter on glaciers in the IPCC report, said he would recommend that the claim about glaciers be dropped: “If Hasnain says officially that he never asserted this, or that it is a wrong presumption, than I will recommend that the assertion about Himalayan glaciers be removed from future IPCC assessments.” ”

    What is wrong with these guys. What about if we look at the data itself, rather than relying on the consensus (well, alleged consensus) / assertion approach! Apparently it will not be dropped in accordance with what recent (or old) data shows, but only if Hasnain says some magic words that make it true or not true. The whole train of (non-)logic is both revealing and breathtaking in its stupidity.

    I’d have thought the correct response would be something along the lines of ‘we will axamine Hasnain’s data (if there is any) and reassess the findings, etc etc. But no, apparently not.

    • lichanos says:

      The IPCC is a political animal. It’s backers sometimes assert it’s a scientific body, and at other times say it’s not, and that it has a special mission to interpret science for policy people. They have agenda towards which they work, so their response is in keeping with that model of activity. The fact that the leaders are scientists who refer to their credentials gives them cover for other activities. I think we’d be better off if it just disbanded. Let the scientists fight the issues out in their own way.

      …But, when you are convinced the fate of the earth hangs in the balance, that seems a wee bit too slow and unsure…

  2. rogerthesurf says:

    There might be global warming or cooling but the important issue is whether we, as a human race, can do anything about it.

    There are a host of porkies and not very much truth barraging us everyday so its difficult to know what to believe.

    I think I have simplified the issue in an entertaining way on my blog which includes some issues connected with climategate and “embarrassing” evidence.

    In the pipeline is an analysis of the economic effects of the proposed emission reductions. Watch this space or should I say Blog

    Please feel welcome to visit and leave a comment.



    PS The term “porky” is listed in the Australian Dictionary of Slang.( So I’m told.)

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