Monday, August 30, 2010

Genuinely Good News About the IPCC Process -- If Followed

As Meteorological Musings readers know, I am not a fan of the IPCC. It has functioned too much like a high school clique where only scientists with the "right" views (i.e., pro- catastrophic manmade global warming) need apply.

The group investigating the IPCC process has released its report and, if this story in The Wall Street Journal is correct, the next round of the IPCC's work could be considerably more valuable than previous efforts. 

Among other things, the story states...

The investigation by the InterAcademy Council, a consortium of national academies of science, said the IPCC has been "successful overall" but called for the widely watched organization to enforce its existing procedures more, and to ensure that "genuine controversies" about climate science are reflected in the IPCC reports.

The reforms would aid in seeing that "due consideration was given to properly documented alternative views," according to a news release about the report issued Monday morning.

It also called for measures to insure against conflicts-of-interest among IPCC investigators. 

I support each of these goals.

UPDATE: 1:30PM Monday, What others are saying about the report here, here, and here.

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