Jan 26

Pachauri video: ‘I want to tell the skeptics…that I am in no mood to oblige them. I am going to remain chairman of the IPCC….’

By Editor Glaciergate, IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri Comments Off on Pachauri video: ‘I want to tell the skeptics…that I am in no mood to oblige them. I am going to remain chairman of the IPCC….’

From the YouTube notes:

Dr. RK Pachauri of the IPCC/TERI tells the BBC January 25, 2010 “I’m here to stay” refusing to take responsibility for the false data included in the IPCC AR4 with the absurd claim Himalayan Glaciers disappearing by 2035, the same false claim that was used to secure large amounts of funding from the EU and the Carnegie Company.

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Jan 25

President Barack Obama famously stated during his inaugural address:

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done… We will restore science to its rightful place…We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories… All this we can do. And all this we will do.

In regards to the emerging Glaciergate scandal, it’s time for Obama to call-out the UN IPCC to keep his promise.

We’re waiting, Mr. President.

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Jan 23

As Glaciergate scandal grows with UN scientist’s admission that false data was used to ‘impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action’

By Editor glaciers, IPCC Comments Off on As Glaciergate scandal grows with UN scientist’s admission that false data was used to ‘impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action’

Less than two months after Climategate broke with the leak (or hack) of thousands of damning e-mails and documents from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), a UN scientist has now admitted that he knew that false data was included in the UN IPCC’s AR4 report purely to “impact policy makers…and encourage them to take concrete action”.

Mail Online has the story:

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.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report’s chapter on Asia, said: ‘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.’

Dr Lal’s admission will only add to the mounting furore over the melting glaciers assertion, which the IPCC was last week forced to withdraw because it has no scientific foundation.

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’.

The claim that Himalayan glaciers are set to disappear by 2035 rests on two 1999 magazine interviews with glaciologist Syed Hasnain, which were then recycled without any further investigation in a 2005 report by the environmental campaign group WWF.

It was this report that Dr Lal and his team cited as their source.

The WWF article also contained a basic error in its arithmetic. A claim that one glacier was retreating at the alarming rate of 134 metres a year should in fact have said 23 metres – the authors had divided the total loss measured over 121 years by 21, not 121.

Last Friday, the WWF website posted a humiliating statement recognising the claim as ‘unsound’, and saying it ‘regrets any confusion caused’.

Dr Lal said: ‘We knew the WWF report with the 2035 date was “grey literature” [material not published in a peer-reviewed journal]. But it was never picked up by any of the authors in our working group, nor by any of the more than 500 external reviewers, by the governments to which it was sent, or by the final IPCC review editors.’

In fact, the 2035 melting date seems to have been plucked from thin air.

Professor Graham Cogley, a glacier expert at Trent University in Canada, who began to raise doubts in scientific circles last year, said the claim multiplies the rate at which glaciers have been seen to melt by a factor of about 25.

Is this not exactly what we skeptics has always alleged, i.e. that data was being falsified to further a political agenda?  We have been vindicated again!

This scam is over. How many final nails have been put in this coffin anyhow?

Hat tip: Watts Up With That

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