Saturday, December 05, 2009

They catch up

... eventually. The glaciers are not about to disappear. We picked that up on Wednesday from Pajamasmedia blog.

This is about the misreporting by the IPCC in its 2007 report of glacier loss by 2035, instead of the actual figure of 2350. We now learn though that the IPCC relied on three documents to arrive at 2035 as the "outer year" for shrinkage of glaciers.

They are: a 2005 World Wide Fund for Nature report on glaciers; a 1996 Unesco document on hydrology; and a 1999 news report in New Scientist. Hilariously - if that is what turns you on - none of these documents have been peer reviewed, which is what the IPCC is mandated to be doing.

Murari Lal, a "climate expert" who was one of the leading authors of the 2007 IPCC report, denied it had its facts wrong about melting Himalayan glaciers. But he admitted the report relied on non-peer reviewed - or "unpublished" - documents when assessing the status of the glaciers.