IPCC retracts 2035 alarm on Himalayan glacier melt
UNfortunate but real, the global warming politics is taking a new turn. All the hype attached to this issue is going in another direction altogether. This is planned move by the business world to re- question the climatic theory, is very tough to guess. But for the time being it is clearly visible that the governments across the world is supporting the business view.
IPCC report and its requisitioning is perfect example of that. It is just a beginning, in coming months we will see that all previous theories will be questioned and the forecast of the effect of GW will be postponed for several centuries.
For the first time in its history, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — a panel of 2,500 of the best climate
scientists in the world — accepted on Wednesday that it had made a huge goof-up in its fourth assessment report on climate change and withdrew its assertion that the Himalayan glaciers ran the risk of being wiped out by 2035.
It admitted that proper ‘‘procedures’’ were not followed while reaching the conclusion which not only created a massive scare , particularly in India, but also placed New Delhi often on the backfoot in climate debates leading up to the Copenhagen summit.
The Nobel-prize winning body, however, attempted to soften the blow by couching its words. Its statement said: ‘‘It has come to our attention that (the statement on Himalayan glaciers) refers to poorly substantiated estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers. In drafting the paragraph in question, clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by IPCC procedures were not applied properly.’’
That non-application of procedure is an euphemism for the boo-boo becomes apparent from the kind of carelessness that went into writing the report.
For one, the report is said to have borrowed from a 1996 Russian study by V M Kotlyakov and bungled on the glacier melt deadline predicted by it — the study set the deadline at 2350, while the IPCC made it 2035, perhaps due to a small typological error, but which in effect advanced the deadline by over 300 years!
What’s remarkable is that this deadline was hotly contested by the Indian government. The IPCC team, led by TERI chief R K Pachauri, brushed aside these objections and didn’t even care to double-check its facts, even though the conclusion of its findings meant as dramatic a development as the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers in the next 25 years.