Global Warming Follies

The UN political? Say it ain’t so.

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on January 25, 2010

That arbiter of all things noble. That trustworthy organization that only wants to do good for mankind. Of course I’m talking about the UN.

They wouldn’t be deceitful in their “truth seeking” about global warming? Not just to influence how our governments act? Would they?

The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.

‘It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action.

‘It had importance for the region, so we thought we should put it in.’

I think they just admitted to using unsupported statements to scare governments into action. Didn’t they? No. They couldn’t have because:

According to the IPCC’s statement of principles, its role is ‘to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis, scientific, technical and socio-economic information – IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy’.

“Should be”….


“Never mind” Take 3

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on January 18, 2010

Remember those Himalayan glaciers that were melting by 2035? How about that IPCC science that is “settled”? Well…never mind.

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.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC’s 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

Yep. I get my best science from little know Indians quoted in old magazines.