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UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article January 30, 2010

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UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article

By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent and Rebecca Lefort
The Telegraph, 30 January 2010

The United Nations’ expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world’s mountain tops on a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.

The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.

The IPCC’s remit is to provide an authoritative assessment of scientific evidence on climate change.

In its most recent report, it stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.

However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.

The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master’s degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.

The revelations, uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph, have raised fresh questions about the quality of the information contained in the report, which was published in 2007.

It comes after officials for the panel were forced earlier this month to retract inaccurate claims in the IPCC’s report about the melting of Himalayan glaciers.

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1. emmaliza childs - January 31, 2010

Thanks for this update. What’s next in the IPCC unfolding? Now, if only someone would explain to the regime in Washington what is really happening to their basis for radical assault on our energy sources! Obama has declared war on the fossil fuel industry in the US, and even has now given the military the go-ahead on climate change, and changed the SEC rules for all new business ventures to declare their impact on climate, as well as the EPA’s regulation of CO2. These are trying times for Americans.

2. Mr. Xyz - January 31, 2010

This spoof of climate science may be of interest:


3. Stanley Ipkus - January 31, 2010

Apparently Greenpeace has been cited AGAIN by the IPCC! Who in their right mind thinks that Greenpeace is a scientific organisation?!!?


4. ross - August 31, 2010

Can we have some SCIENTISTS? These people are statisticians….and not very good at it either.
Oh btw….. would it be TOO MUCH TROUBLE when quoting a temperature increase (real or imagined) to give the +/- UNCERTAINTY …what is this..a new DARK AGE ????
Excuse me for wanting a mechanism ….crass is it?

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