Saturday, January 23, 2010

Son of Climategate, Post #3

The news continues to break almost as fast as I can post.

Here is the headline from the Sunday London Daily Mail.

Glacier scientist: I knew data hadn't been verified

Here are the opening paragraphs of 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.

The story also acknowledged that the World Wildlife Fund, a political advocacy group, was the source of the nonsensical scientific "fact" and has claimed responsibility.

We also get this tidbit:

Last week, Professor Georg Kaser, a glacier expert from Austria, who was lead author of a different chapter in the IPCC report, said when he became aware of the 2035 claim a few months before the report was published, he wrote to Dr Lal, urging him to withdraw it as patently untrue.

As the IPCC and the "settled science" of 'global warming' continues to unravel, I pose this exit question:  Where is the U.S. media?

Hat tip:  Watts Up With That

UPDATE:  NASA is now covering its tracks.  A second hat tip to Watts Up With That.

UPDATE II:  Tom Fuller, an excellent and fair environmental reporter, is now weighing in. He concludes his piece,

It's been one disaster a week for a couple of months now. I said six months ago that it was time to bring some grownups onto the team representing the activist agenda for global warming. I said last week that I didn't think Pachauri would last until June 30th of this year. Looking around the warming blogs--like Real Climate, Climate Progress and others of that type--there seems to be no comprehension of the hole they are digging for themselves. Nor do reports in the major media reflect serious concern on the part of politicians who have championed the fight for so long.
Is it possible that they think nothing's wrong? That they don't need to do anything? It would be an absurdist end to this story to watch the fight against global warming end with a whimper...

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