This one about the Himalayan glacier melt:
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.
Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.
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.
Of course, the Indian government themselves were sounding an alarm back in late 2009:
For the first time, the Indian government has challenged western research that says global warming has hastened the melting of Himalayan glaciers.
On Monday, environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh released a paper saying there was no evidence of such a link.
V. K. Raina, a former deputy director general of the Geological Survey of India, wrote the paper, Himalayan Glaciers.
“The health of Himalayan glaciers is poor,” Ramesh said. “But according to the paper, the doomsday prediction of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore is also not correct. I want scientists to critique the report.”
The IPCC and Gore, a former US vice-president, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
The government’s view goes against the IPCC’s claims that most Himalayan glaciers will vanish by 2035.
“Our prediction [in 2007] was based on government data, and a peer review was done by all countries before our report was released,” IPCC chief R. K. Pachauri said.
“I disagree that there’s no evidence of impact of global warming, but agree there’s a need to do more research on Himalayan glaciers.”
How anyone could believe another word spoken or written by either Gore or the IPCC is beyond me.