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Yet another fraudulent global warming claim

This one about the Himalayan glacier melt:

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.

Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was "speculation" and was not supported by any formal research. If confirmed it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research.

Of course, the Indian government themselves were sounding an alarm back in late 2009:

For the first time, the Indian government has challenged western research that says global warming has hastened the melting of Himalayan glaciers.

On Monday, environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh released a paper saying there was no evidence of such a link.

V. K. Raina, a former deputy director general of the Geological Survey of India, wrote the paper, Himalayan Glaciers.

"The health of Himalayan glaciers is poor," Ramesh said. "But according to the paper, the doomsday prediction of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore is also not correct. I want scientists to critique the report."

The IPCC and Gore, a former US vice-president, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

The government's view goes against the IPCC's claims that most Himalayan glaciers will vanish by 2035.

"Our prediction [in 2007] was based on government data, and a peer review was done by all countries before our report was released," IPCC chief R. K. Pachauri said.

"I disagree that there's no evidence of impact of global warming, but agree there's a need to do more research on Himalayan glaciers."

How anyone could believe another word spoken or written by either Gore or the IPCC is beyond me. 

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Comments (12)

Actually, the bigger proble... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Actually, the bigger problem now is that these glaciers are advancing, which means that the summer melt is far less than to used to be. A lot of villages rely on the streams that are fed by the glacier melt. With advancing glaciers they are not getting the water supply they need to survive.

"The IPCC and Gore, a fo... (Below threshold)
914:

"The IPCC and Gore, a former US vice-president, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007."

What peace did these assclown's get a prize for? And what the hell did they supposedly do to deserve it? Some ice melt's somewhere so stupid ass gore gets a bogus prize..

Ice has been melting and re-freezing forever assclown's, give it up!


914 - That's a common misco... (Below threshold)
jim m:

914 - That's a common misconception.

Actually, Al won the lesser known Nobel "He lost the election and if we don't give him something there will be no Peace" Prize.

The entire science for glob... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The entire science for global warming is based on assumptions, speculation, manipulation, bull shit and fraud. Little wonder the most outspoken representative is Al Gore.

Do you know where the "2035... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Do you know where the "2035" date CAME FROM? This is even more embarrassing to the IPCC "scientists" and warming alarmists than the "Climategate" emails.

An article appearred some 15 years ago in an Indian journal, wherein the author speculated on the potential effects of global warming (well before the fad). He speculated - on no particular data set, it was just a ballpark estimate - that the non-polar glaciers could be dissipated by 2350. However, there was a typo in the magazine and it was printed as "2035" instead. Years later, the errant date was picked up by one of the warming "scientists" and referred to in a "peer-reviewed" paper as if it were established.

From there it was picked up by the IPCC and included in their alarmist forecasts - no one EVER bothered to check the source, ask about data, etc. This shows just how "rigorous" the "peer review process" is; which is to say, "Not damned very!"

Oooops!Would this ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Oooops!

Would this be the same IPCC, that said that "deniers" practiced "voodoo science"?

Good information, Rick. FYI... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

Good information, Rick. FYI, I have read about this before on the National Review Online's blog called Planet Gore, including the 2035 date being a typo. That blog has done some serious debunking of the global warming scam over the years. Thanks for being a debunker too.

IMHO, Al Gore will go down in history as a great man. Then the truth will come out and he will become known as a great con man.

Back in the 1970s the green... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Back in the 1970s the green wackos lead by PAUL EHRLICH were saying that the whole world would be dead by the 1980s they were making all sorts of idiotic claims and none of them were right and still they blabber their poppycock

I am a Fire Protecti... (Below threshold)


I am a Fire Protection and Safety Engineer and have seen the amount of gases, synthetic and all, that has been installed for fire suppression purposes in the projects that I have handled. Its pretty surprising.

I could be paddling a rowbo... (Below threshold)

I could be paddling a rowboat down Market Street in San Francisco after the poles have melted, and there will still be conservative fanatics who deny that humans are responsible for Global Warming or that it is even real. Please, read this article on this urgent issue: http://pltcldscsn.blogspot.com/2009/12/conservatives-still-deny-global-warming.htmlWar

"10. Posted by David Scott ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"10. Posted by David Scott "

David, you keep using that same corny hyperbole in various sites around the web.

Sure, you're delusional, but can you at least be original?

Solar panels may loo... (Below threshold)


Solar panels may look a bit more streamlined but in stormy weather wind power rules...




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