Climate Chief Knew of False Glacier Claims Before Copenhagen
The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit, the Times of London reports.
Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, but he waited two months to correct it. He failed to act despite learning that the claim had been refuted by several leading glaciologists.
Then we have this:
UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article
The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.
The IPCC's remit is to provide an authoritative assessment of scientific evidence on climate change.
In its most recent report, it stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.
However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.
The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master's degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.
The revelations, uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph, have raised fresh questions about the quality of the information contained in the report, which was published in 2007.
It comes after officials for the panel were forced earlier this month to retract inaccurate claims in the IPCC's report about the melting of Himalayan glaciers.
So, what do we do with this info?
More and more proof is coming in that the "scientists" in the global warming camp have been deliberately hiding data, cherry picking data to fit their model, using laughably ridiculous sources and offering the information as research, and in some cases out and out lying about the findings.
It's easy to sit at home and laugh about these idiots, to feel vindicated because we suspected this all along, to be angry.
The problem though is that this is not just a case of junk science. These claims of global warming have driven policy changes in governments. Many governments have changed their taxation, regulation, expenditures, and have set policy that effects hiring practices. In short, this isn't just about the science. It has had, and will have in the future, significant impacts on economic policies, private ownership of property, and the ability of private companies to ply their trade.
And they were lying.
What do you think should be done about this?
Is the ridicule and loss of stature in the scientific community enough?
Should there be civil penalties? Lawsuits? Should there be criminal penalties, at least in the cases in which the deception was found to be deliberate?
What about someone like Al Gore who has made a lot of money off of this ruse? Should he have to forfeit that money?
What do you think about this?