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A huge crack just appeared in the wall of science that the United Nations uses to justify calls for drastic action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) now admits that it was wrong about a prediction that some Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2035. The IPCC now admits that its 2007 prediction was “poorly substantiated” and that “well-established standards of evidence were not applied properly.”
The prediction of the early demise of Himalayan glaciers was made in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report on global warming. CNN reports that IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri came clean during an energy meeting in Dhabi.
The mistaken claim of the glacial melting in the Himalayan region was traced back to a 1999 article in the popular science magazine, The New Journal.
However, Pachauri also insisted that the mistake does not alter the IPCC’s claims that climate change is made worse by human activity. He said that although the IPCC “slipped on one number, I don’t think it takes anything away from the overwhelming scientific evidence of what’s happening with the climate of this Earth.”
CNN reports that the World Glacier Monitoring Service says part of the problem is that there is very little data of any kind to measure if or how fast these glaciers are retreating.
The bombshell admission that at least one prediction in the IPCC’s document was fudged is sure to flame the opposition against cap-and-trade legislation in the U.S.
However, it’s unlikely to actually change the Obama administration’s commitment to put America on course to reduce GHG emissions.