Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Well, what do you know?

A U.N. warning that Himalayan glaciers were melting faster than any other place in the world and may be gone by 2035 was not backed up by science, U.N. climate experts said Wednesday — an admission that could energize climate change critics.

Funny, I thought the science was settled. I mean, once it makes it into an IPCC report, it is carved in stone, right?

Apparently not.

The article notes that the high priests will look into how that error managed to creep into the report despite all the peer review and junk like that.

But there's really no mystery here (tip to Planet Gore):

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. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change.

That's how they settle their "science."

I wouldn't trust these idiots to get my order right at a drive-through window.