Tuesday, August 31, 2010

IPCC Scolded by Actual Scientists

There is nothing wrong with the IPCC that changing everything about it couldn't fix, says an international panel of actual scientists.

UNITED NATIONS — The UN climate panel should only make predictions when it has solid scientific evidence and avoid straying into policy advocacy, a group of national science academies said in a report on Monday.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was hit with a wave of criticism after acknowledging in January that its 2007 global warming report had exaggerated the pace of Himalayan glaciers melting. It had previously said the report had overstated how much of the Netherlands is below sea level.

Of course that's not the half of it. The wheels have been coming off that bus for the better part of the past year.

The report said the 12-year limit for the chair of the IPCC, currently Rajendra Pachauri of India, was too long and should be shortened. It called for an overhaul of the panel’s management, including the creation of an executive committee that would include people from outside the IPCC.

Regarding the errors that appeared in the IPCC reports, the review group’s report called for stronger enforcement of the panel’s scientific review procedures to minimize future mistakes.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, however, remains in denial and thinks that R.K. Pachauri & Company are just swell.

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