Monday, January 25, 2010

Climategate update: ‘The wheels are coming off for the IPCC’

E. Thomas McClanahan
Kansas City Star Editorial
January 25, 2010

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is supposed to represent the unimpeachable view of science. Now we’re learning just how sloppy it’s methods have been. First came the revelation that the prediction on melting Himalayan glaciers was unverified. Now comes a report that the UN wrongly linked global warming to natural disasters.

What’s happening is that after the Climategate e-mail revelations, skeptical views from credentialed scientists — dismissed or suppressed up to now — are getting a second look. In other words, the wheels are coming off for the IPCC.

All in all, not a good week for the IPCC. Two major errors, both of them integrating inflammatory, un-reviewed results into what had been advertised as the most authoritative peer-reviewed summary of the state of climate science. This follows the collapse of Copenhagen, and the Climategate emails’ evidence of pressure to influence the results of climate science. All of them working in the same direction: to slant the evidence presented to the world toward the conclusion that AGW is a current crisis, a world cataclysm.