Global Warming and Glacial Melting Update

In a brief statement, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed the substance of the report on the melting of Himalayan glaciers we noted yesterday, and declared that “it has . . . recently come to our attention that a paragraph in the 938 page Working Group II contribution to the underlying assessment refers to poorly substantiated estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers. In drafting the paragraph in question, the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly.

“The Chair, Vice-Chairs, and Co-chairs of the IPCC regret the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures in this instance. This episode demonstrates that the quality of the assessment depends on absolute adherence to the IPCC standards, including thorough review of ‘the quality and validity of each source before incorporating results from the source into an IPCC Report’. We reaffirm our strong commitment to ensuring this level of performance.”

Scientific American also provides a quick podcast on melting of the Himalayan glaciers and the controversy reported.

The Knight Science Journalism Tracker includes a host of useful links for those interested in pursuing this topic in this post.

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Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

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