Opinion Editorial

Science? Only when convenient

John Coward

The 2007 assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calling on governments around the world to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to avoid the destruction of our planet has come under fire once again.

Scientists who have criticized the IPCC in the past as more political than scientific are now calling on the chairman of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, to resign. In addition to wanting Pachauri gone, critics are calling for fraud charges to be laid against Phil Jones, the head of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in England, where much of IPCC's climate data originates.

The wheels are falling off the IPCC's global warming train as more information surfaces about the so-called science of global warming

First it was the leaked e-mails from Jones's CRU that seemed to indicate that scientists were fudging the temperature data to reach a conclusion that was favourable to the IPCC's foregone conclusion that the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is the cause of global warming.

Evidence is emerging that the data had been rigged all along.

A report in the Washington Times says, "Russian analysts noted that British temperature calculations excluded data from 40 per cent of Russian territory, much of which showed no increase in temperature in the past 50 years. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also cherry-picked data, cutting Canadian data sources from 600 to 35 and relying on only one monitor for all of Canada above the Arctic Circle. This was done even though Canada operates 1,400 weather stations, 100 of which are in the Arctic."

Now we learn that the IPCC's claim that Himalayan glaciers will disappear by the year 2035 leading to drastic consequences for billions of people in Asia is completely false. The glacial melt-down claims were found to be based on an article in a mountaineering magazine written by a student, not by any kind of scientific finding.

John Shroder, an expert on glaciers at the University of Nebraska who has spent 30 years studying the Himalayan glaciers, says "while many glaciers are shrinking others are stable and some are even growing."

IPCC officials admitted the error in the report but brushed it off as insignificant. Pachauri says he knew the claim was not based on scientific evidence but was "too busy" in the months leading up to the global climate summit in Copenhagen to remove the prediction from the report.

"What's really amazing is that such a blunder remained uncorrected for so long," Shroder said.

This is just another example of how the "peer-reviewed process" has failed at the IPCC.

The IPCC's assessment also claims that oceans are rising at an alarming rate and catastrophe is sure to follow. That claim has also been debunked by scientists in the know. Scientists at the Centre for Environmental and Geographical Information Services (CEGIS) in Dhaka, say that the IPCC's claim that Bangladesh will lose 50 per cent of its land mas to the ocean is outrageous. CEGIS, which based its results on more than 30 years of satellite imagery, says that the land mass is increasing by 20 sq. km. annually. The IPCC refuses to retract its claim and insists Bangladesh will disappear by the year 2050.

Al Gore's cartoon depiction of a lonely polar bear sitting on an ice cube in the middle of the Arctic Ocean is just that. Fiction. Facts are that polar bear populations have been increasing in the last 40 years.

Dr. Mitchell Taylor has been studying polar bear populations in the Arctic for over 30 years and says of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels; only two have for local reasons modestly declined. Man-made global warming has not threatened the polar bear population. In a lead-up to the Copenhagen Conference, the Polar Bear Specialists Group barred Taylor from the meetings because his views on global warming do not coincide with those of the rest of the group. Peer-reviewed science? Not !

As new evidence comes to light on the shaky facts surrounding the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, Pachauri and his gang at the United Nations refuse to admit that their man-made global warming stand has no legs.

What's on the horizon? Helium? The stench of intellectual corruption is overpowering.

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