MUST-READ: UN IPCC claim of Himalayan glaciers melting revealed to be a hoax

Story from the UK Times. (H/T ECM)


A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC’s 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was “speculation” and was not supported by any formal research.

There was no research backing a pronouncement of melting glaciers in the Himalayas. No research. And yet this was pronounced as dogma by the Holy Church of the United Nations. Because they believe what they want to believe, and their whole agenda is to hide the decline in order to get more research grants and greater control over businesses and individuals. This is the politicization of science. Science guided by big government research grants and academic peer pressure.

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8 thoughts on “MUST-READ: UN IPCC claim of Himalayan glaciers melting revealed to be a hoax”

  1. The whole, sordid, AGW affair is going to be a very good book (and movie!) some day in the not-too-distant future.


  2. From the last page of the comments:

    “The head of the IPCC is an Indian railway engineer with a Ph.D in economics and a very healthy bank balance.
    The head of the UK Met. office is a former head of the UK World Wildlife Fund and an environmental campaigner.
    Both jobs are political appointments to ensure the “right science” is the only view allowed.
    The Friends of the earth and Greenpeace environmental groups have abandoned the nuclear issues they were originally formed for to pursue the more lucrative anti energy use bandwagon, with funding from the taxpayer courtesy of the EU.”


  3. “Cogley said: “The reality, that the glaciers are wasting away, is bad enough. But they are not wasting away at the rate suggested by this speculative remark and the IPCC report. ”

    Sounds like there is an error in the report, but its not a hoax. The melt is happening. Its a question of the rate.

    So they won’t be gone in 25 years, but there are childen being born today who we hope will live a lot longer than 25 years. What will happen when the source of their rivers is gone in 75 years?

    When I was small, it was hard for me to imagine that the year 2000 would ever come. But come it did. We do have to provision for the long-term because it will come, if not for us, then for our descendants.


    1. Thanks for your comment. Do you have any evidence from actual research to support any of this? I mean evidence from people who do not stand to gain money, power and feelings of superiority by hiding the decline using Mike’s Nature trick?


    2. The Arctic is Melting

      “It will without doubt have come to your Lordship’s knowledge that a considerable change of climate, inexplicable at present to us, must have taken place in the Circumpolar Regions, by which the severity of the cold that has for centuries past enclosed the seas in the high northern latitudes in an impenetrable barrier of ice has been during the last two years, greatly abated….

      ….. this affords ample proof that new sources of warmth have been opened and give us leave to hope that the Arctic Seas may at this time be more accessible than they have been for centuries past, and that discoveries may now be made in them not only interesting to the advancement of science but also to the future intercourse of mankind and the commerce of distant nations.” A request was made for the Royal Society to assemble an expedition to go and investigate.

      Any guesses as to when this quote was recorded, Rick? Can you say early 19th century? I knew you could!

      (And guess what! There’s a lot more where that came from but, then, objective evidence (i.e. that which is the polar opposite of the IPCC, etc., which you believe, heart and soul, as your god demands) doesn’t carry much sway w/ you, does it?


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