Saturday, January 30, 2010

More junk climate science at the IPCC

Just hours before the State of the Union address in which President Obama implored congress to pass a comprehensive energy and climate bill, yet another blow was delivered to the battered credibility of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  From Fox News:

A United Nations report on climate change that has been lambasted for its faulty research is under new attack for yet another instance of what its critics say is sloppy science -- adding to a growing scandal that has undermined the credibility of scientists and policymakers who back the U.N.'s findings about global warming.

In the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), issued in 2007 by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists wrote that 40 percent of the Amazon rainforest in South America was endangered by global warming.

But that assertion was discredited this week when it emerged that the findings were based on numbers from a study by the World Wildlife Federation that had nothing to do with the issue of global warming -- and that was written by a freelance journalist and green activist.
A blog skeptical of global warming, EUReferendum, uncovered the WWF association. Taken together with Climategate and the Himalayan melting glacier fabrication, I think that's three strikes for the IPCC, and by extension, cap and trade.

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