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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hyped 'climate' claim about Himalayas unfounded-UN climate chief stonewalls, wrath of hedge funds and organized crime looms

"The Science" for one of media's favorite catastrophic claims turns out to be based only on a casual conversation. It just took a few phone calls to find this out. 1/17/10: "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

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.

  • 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....

  • the journalist who carried out the original interview for the New Scientist."...
TIME Magazine advanced IPCC catastrophic report on Himalayas: "and the 2007 global-warming assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change judged that glaciers in the Himalayas were "receding faster than at any other place in the world."...12/4/09, "The Tragedy of the Himalayas"********
  • "Like the common (but wrong) knowledge on disasters and climate change that originated in the grey literature and was subsequently misrepresented by the IPCC, on the melting of Himalayan glaciers
That the IPCC has made some important mistakes is very troubling, but perhaps understandable given the magnitude of the effort. reflecting poorly on an institution that has become too insular and politicized. Unfortunately, the glacier error is not unique. The IPCC contains a number of other egregious errors that also deserve some answers. "... The NY Times reports the Himalayas are melting due to man made climate change and threatening lives in Nepal and Maldives: Nobel Prize image above from 2007 UN Climate Report.

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