Friday, January 8, 2010

Global Warming and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

This isn't really about evolution, but I have to tell you about this story.

After climategate (that's the most unbiased link I could find with a quick search), you'd think that climate change researchers would be exceptionally careful, but no ...

Instead, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made a completely unreasonable prediction that all the glaciers in the Himalayas would melt by 2035. They based this on a loose comment by an Indian researcher ten years ago, a researcher who denies that there is any decent scientific basis to the claim.

Nonetheless, the IPCC refuses to back down!!!

The IPCC's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, has hit back, denouncing the Indian government report as "voodoo science" lacking peer review. He adds that "we have a very clear idea of what is happening" in the Himalayas.

Nobody cares about your ideas, clear or not, Mr. Pachauri. They want to know if there's scientific research backing up your ideas, especially now. A comment by a scientist to a popular magazine is not scientific research, especially when that scientist says, "It is not proper for IPCC to include references from popular magazines or newspapers," in reference to himself being quoted.

It appears the global warming debate is not going to die down because the leading researchers are going out of their way to appear irresponsible!

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