Posted by: jhamon | January 17, 2010

Global Climate Scam On Even Thinner Ice…

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From the “Don’t Confuse Me With The Facts” department comes a timesonline.co.uk article, titled World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown.  Choice excerpts follow…

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it…

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…

The report read: “Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate…”

However, glaciologists find such figures inherently ludicrous, pointing out that most Himalayan glaciers are hundreds of feet thick and could not melt fast enough to vanish by 2035 unless there was a huge global temperature rise. The maximum rate of decline in thickness seen in glaciers at the moment is 2-3 feet a year and most are far lower.

Of course, you will never hear this in mainstream media or from our legislators. 

My friend Yuri, a former scientist and a man gifted with one of the most analytically robust minds I have encountered, isn’t surprised by this or the CRU scandal.  He maintains that all science, even “hard” science, is plagued with politics. 

That’s why I gave up on academics early on. 

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