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Sea Level: Another Thing The IPCC Got Wrong

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By
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GWPF: Our current rising sea level is often given as evidence of anthropogenic influence on the oceans, though usually when data from only the past decade or two are taken into consideration. An example is frequent comments by the UK government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington, who has said that global sea level

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Al Gore and the Alternate Realities of Climate Change

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
Al Gore's online program called Climate Reality reached millions of viewers last week. Photo Credit: Time




Time: When will we face up to reality? That was the question Al Gore asked with his 24-hour, worldwide presentations on global warming last week in an online program he called Climate Reality. In the day’s last speech — presented in person in New York City — Gore delivered a passionate condemnation of efforts by

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Times Atlas ice error was a lesson in how scientists should mobilise

Sep 22nd, 2011 | By
The new Times map of Greenland (left), and the satellite image from August 2011. The contours on the satellite image show ice thickness at 500-metre intervals (red – 0 metres, blue – 500 metres). In the atlas, the unit commonly used is altitude, but here, the margin of the ice sheet is outlined using the blue contour. Scientists question this definition, as a large area mapped as ice-free is clearly ice-covered. Photograph: Times Atlas/NASA/Modis




Guardian: Scientists know after ‘Himalayagate’ that one big error can cloud a thousand truths. Over the past few days, climate scientists and polar researchers from across the world have rallied, mobilised and responded to a massively incorrect press statement by HarperCollins, the publisher of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World. According to HarperCollins, the

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Exaggerations about climate change

Sep 20th, 2011 | By
Map of Greenland from the 13th edition of The Times Atlas of the World (left) and a mosaic of MODIS satellite images of the same area acquired on the 14th and 15th August 2011




Telegraph: Scientists claim that the new Times Atlas has got it wrong on the melting of the Greenland icesheet. What other exaggerations have been made about climate change? The Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035   In 2010, the United Nations’ climate science panel admitted that it made a mistake by claiming that the Himalayan

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Climate Change: Global Warming May be Beneficial

Sep 15th, 2011 | By
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The New American: “Global warming is more likely to improve rather than harm human health,” according to a new study published by three non-profit climate research organizations. Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report directly challenges findings of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes regular assessment reportsused by governments worldwide, including

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Join hands against climate change: IPCC

Sep 7th, 2011 | By
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Himalayan Times: Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has urged all not to fret over his erroneous forecast that all glaciers in the Himalayan region will disappear by 2035. Pachauri’s forecast on the glacial retreat, part of IPCC’s fourth assessment report of the institution published in 2007 and

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Charting unknown Himalayan waters

Aug 28th, 2011 | By




  BBC News: In the wake of a recent controversy over the retreat of Himalayan glaciers in which the UN’s climate science body admitted that it was an error to assert that they would disappear by 2035, water availability has emerged as a key issue with even more uncertainty. Receding Himalayan glaciers grabbed headlines because

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Climate change will hit genetic diversity

Aug 24th, 2011 | By




Nature: Probable loss of ‘cryptic’ variation a challenge for conservationists. Climate change represents a threat not only to the existence of individual species, but also to the genetic diversity hidden within them, researchers say. The finding promises to complicate assessments of how climate change will affect biodiversity, as well as conservationists’ task in preserving it.

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Climate change and cooperation

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By




Tribune: South Asia has a highly integrated ecology with shared mountains, rivers and monsoons. Therefore, the policy measures for addressing the socio-economic impact of climate change will have to be undertaken on the basis of cooperation between the nation states of South Asia. Let us briefly examine the vulnerability to, and the impact of, climate

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Climate Conversations – ‘Unholy brew’ of climate change threatens security

Aug 19th, 2011 | By




Alertnet: The recent statement of the UN Security Council identifying the impacts of climate change as a threat to international peace and security is most timely. Nothing can be more severe as a looming threat to humanity than the rapid climatic changes witnessed by the world today. Putting an end to the debate over climate

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Devangshu Datta: The other ‘meltdown’

Aug 12th, 2011 | By




Business Standard: There is alarming glacial recession in certain Himalayan regions. Climate change (CC), especially climate change caused by human action, raises much heat and sparks almost religious levels of contentiousness. Policy based on CC findings will drive huge resource allocations over the next several decades, quite apart from the minor detail that the planet

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A critique of the 2011 IPCC Report on Renewable Energy

Aug 11th, 2011 | By




Bravenewclimate: The following is a detailed guest post by Dr Ted Trainer, University of NSW (http://ssis.arts.unsw.edu.au/tsw/). In it, he provides the most detailed critique I’ve yet seen of the recent IPCC renewable energy scenarios report. Now, I don’t agree with everything Ted says — in particular the conclusion that the only feasible alternative to large-scale renewables is

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Global warming

Aug 8th, 2011 | By




WeekendObserver: According to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) in its scientific report, “Global temperatures are expected to increase 3.5 to 8 decrees Fahrenheit by 2050, and there is a 1 in 10 chance that the increase could be far worses, a risk that many expert believe is too great to be

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In defence of the IPCC: critics ignore the real scandal

Jul 29th, 2011 | By




Guardian: In the greatest ever feat of global scientific cooperation, the IPCC showed the world the reality of climate change. But recent controversies hopelessly ignore the real scandal. The world truly woke up to the threat of climate change on Friday 2 February 2007 when a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded

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IPCC’s Pachauri on consequences of stalled climate talks

Jul 26th, 2011 | By




The UN will be holding major climate change talks in Durban in November. Previous efforts to sign a new global treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions have failed. Meanwhile scientists continue to deliver stark warnings about rising global temperatures. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to the chairman of the International Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri.

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Modern agriculture’s enormous environmental footprint

Jul 25th, 2011 | By




Blast: What amazes many environmental advocates to this day is how the widespread adoption of synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers for use in agriculture was dubbed the “Green Revolution,” when in fact this post-World War II paradigm shift in the way we produce food has wreaked untold havoc on the environment, food quality and

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IPCC Working Group III kicks off fifth assessment cycle with author meeting in Korea

Jul 23rd, 2011 | By




More than 200 scientists congregated in Changwon, Korea from July 12th to 15th for the first meeting of lead authors of the Working Group III contribution to the fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The authors have been familiarized with the IPCC code of conduct, introduced to the writing

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Climate change deniers depend on woeful ignorance of science

Jul 23rd, 2011 | By




TimesTranscript: It was predictable. I implicitly predicted it here last week. I said it is pointless and futile to argue with climate change deniers since their minds won’t ever be in danger of becoming confused by the facts. Since then, they’ve proven it with their feedback, fussing, fuming and fulminating. They’re offended their intelligence is

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Global Warming and Global Cooling Report

Jul 21st, 2011 | By




RightsideNews: Philosophical Basis for Challenging the IPCC: In an interesting opinion piece in The New York Times entitled “On Experts and Global Warming,” Gary Gutting, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, argues that the non-experts must accept the findings of the expert authorities in climate science. Though not named, no doubt the

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Q&A: Debate over Climate Panel Bias

Jul 21st, 2011 | By




The Scientist: A climate change writer is concerned over possible bias within an IPCC working group that assesses options for combating climate change. In June, a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report that reviewed options for mitigating climate change that limit greenhouse gas emissions—such as renewable energy technology—and

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Act now on climate, no need to wait: top UN scientist

Jul 21st, 2011 | By




AFP: The key facts on global warming are already known and leaders should not wait for the next edition of the UN climate panel’s report to step up action, the body’s top scientist told AFP. The 4th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released in 2007, “is very clear,” Rajendra Pachauri said Monday in

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UN Climate Body Struggling to Pinpoint Rising Sea Levels

Jul 17th, 2011 | By




SPIGEL: The United Nations’ forecast of how quickly global sea levels will rise this century is vital in determining how much money might be needed to combat the phenomenon. But predictions by researchers vary wildly, and the attempt to find consensus has become fractious. It is a number which will ultimately establish how billions in taxpayer

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Big Impact

Jul 7th, 2011 | By




Times of India: The Arctic is one of the regions that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) believes will be most affected by climate change. Some of the documented changes include thinning of the ice sheet, less multi-year ice (thick ice, accumulated over two melting seasons), increased river discharge into the Arctic Basin, speedy

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The science is not settled

Jul 6th, 2011 | By




SundayMorningHerald: Last week Australia’s new Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, argued that the available science on climate change should compel the community to act. This week the geologist Bob Carter responds. IAN CHUBB says the climate change debate is not about politics but science. Would that it were so. But it is not that simple,

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Carbon-free by 2050?

Jul 4th, 2011 | By




GulfDailyNews: THE summary for policymakers of the long- awaited Special Report on Renewables by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was recently released. The scientists analysed more than 160 scenarios to calculate the potential of renewable energy to meet the global needs in 2050. The most optimistic scenario predicts renewables will constitute 80 per

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IPCC not an authority on climate change

Jul 4th, 2011 | By




Engineering News: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body of the United Nations, is often projected as the world authority on climate change. This is far from the truth. The IPCC has always projected a very scary image of the world being plunged into disaster as a result of the actions of mankind.

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UN panel to release report in November on link between climate change and extreme events

Jul 2nd, 2011 | By




Washington Post: The chairman of a top U.N. climate panel says it will release a new report in November examining the link between climate change and extreme events like floods and drought that are taking place around the world. Rajendar Pachauri, chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told reporters Tuesday that the

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Why global warming is such a controversial subject

Jun 29th, 2011 | By




This year in particular I’ve heard a lot of talk about global warming because of all the natural disasters world wide. Tsunamis, tornados, volcanoes, earthquakes, record flooding, and record freezing temperatures have been almost biblical in their frequency and destruction. So what’s going on? Some say the Earth is heating up rapidly because of man-made

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The Corruption of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: A National Peril

Jun 28th, 2011 | By




HwaiiReporter: As time passes the global warming fiasco becomes more and more understandable, and more incredulous, more unbelievable. Hard-nosed physical evidence of man-made global warming has yet to be provided by the promoters of warming, even after a nominal $80 billion dollars have been spent in the attempt to do so. Since some of the

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Pachauri’s Cause

Jun 27th, 2011 | By




MensNewsDaily-MSD: In 2008, Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, declared in a speech: “We in the IPCC do not prescribe any specific action, but action is a must.” Gee, it must have been some other Rajendra Pachauri who, during an interview with Yale University’s Environment 360 magazine a few months

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UN off base on climate change

Jun 24th, 2011 | By




Mail & Guardian Online: In the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference just completed in Bonn, Germany, the underlying assumption was the same as usual-a man-made climate crisis is looming. To stop it, we need to revolutionise the way we generate energy. No country’s delegates dare contradict this, a central theses of

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Greenpeace and the IPCC: time, surely, for a Climate Masada?

Jun 20th, 2011 | By




The Telegraph: And how are you feeling today, all you Greenies, after your most embarrassing week (well, one of the most embarrassing: the competition, it must be said, has been pretty stiff these last 18 months) since Climategate? Just in case your only information sources are RealClimate or Guardian Environment let me explain, briefly, what

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World off course on climate; renewables vital

Jun 17th, 2011 | By




Ecoseeds Via Reuters: The world is off course in fighting climate change and governments need to boost green energies to build new momentum, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists said on Monday. Rajendra Pachauri said governments would face ever higher costs to slow global warming after new data showed greenhouse gas emissions

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Don’t Sacrifice the Planet’s Arteries to Save Her Lungs

Jun 17th, 2011 | By




International Rivers: According to a new report which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published today, the sky is the limit for the expansion of renewable energy. With an investment of slightly less than 1% of global GDP, renewable energy could contribute up to 43% of the world’s energy supply by 2030, and 77%

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IPCC ‘considering sending mirrors to space to tackle climate change’

Jun 17th, 2011 | By




The Telegraph: Reflective aerosols would be sent into space under a series of radical “geo-engineering” measures being considered by the UN climate science body to tackle climate change, leaked documents disclose. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) papers, leaked ahead of a key meeting in Peru next week, outline the series of techniques in

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IPCC asks scientists to assess geo-engineering climate solutions

Jun 16th, 2011 | By
One of the geoengineering solutions to climate change: marine cloud whitening (spraying seawater droplets into marine clouds to make them reflect more sunlight). Photograph: NASA




Guardian: Leaked documents ahead of key Lima meeting suggest UN body is looking to slow emissions with technological fixes rather than talks Lighter-coloured crops, aerosols in the stratosphere and iron filings in the ocean are among the measures being considered by leading scientists for “geo-engineering” the Earth’s climate, leaked documents from the UN climate science

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Climate change panel in hot water again over ‘biased’ energy report

Jun 16th, 2011 | By




The Independent: The world’s foremost authority on climate change used a Greenpeace campaigner to help write one of its key reports, which critics say made misleading claims about renewable energy, The Independent has learnt. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), set up by the UN in 1988 to advise governments on the science behind

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Analysis: Economy, public seen key to climate deal

Jun 16th, 2011 | By




Reuters: Wider public unease about climate change and stronger economic growth are likely to be needed to revive sluggish U.N. talks after hopes for quick agreement on a treaty have fizzled, experts say. Many nations at U.N. talks in Bonn from June 6-17 seem resigned to a long haul — more like arms reduction talks

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The temperature trend is not as simple as Garnaut makes out

Jun 15th, 2011 | By




OnLineOpinionAustralia: Professor Ross Garnaut, in the introduction to his update of the Science of Climate Change asked two econometricians to examine the temperature record in this and the last century. The temperature trend analysis that Garnaut had asked his distinguished colleagues to perform gave him the answer he wanted. There was a continuing increase. But

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Fluctuations of Raikot Glacier during the past 70 years: a case study from the Nanga Parbat massif, northern Pakistan

Jun 14th, 2011 | By




NIPCC: Journal of Glaciology: Schmidt and Nusser (2009) write that “despite the obvious importance of the Himalayan glaciers as water sources for downstream lowlands of south Asia, and despite the growing number of local and regional glacier studies, Himalayan glacier response to climate change is poorly known (Zemp and Haeberli, 2007), mainly because long-term and

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Climate science mired in politics: Jairam

Jun 11th, 2011 | By




Declaring that “science is politics in climate change; climate science is politics”, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday urged Indian scientists to undertake more studies and publish them vigorously to prevent India and other developing countries from being “led by our noses by Western (climate) scientists who have less of a scientific agenda and

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On Error-free Projections by UN Climate Panel

Jun 10th, 2011 | By




AllVoices: On Error-free Projections by UN Climate Panel. United Nations Inter-governmental Panel of Climate Change has projected in its 2007 report that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035. The projection by none other than one United Nations body was enough to chill the spine of the environmental activists and others. 2007 climate panel of United

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Himalayan glacier controversy

Jun 9th, 2011 | By




Hindustan Times: While releasing a comprehensive study conducted by Space Application Centre (SAC) on retreating of Himalayan glaciers, Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday claimed that his stand was vindicated on the controversy on pace of retreating of glaciers. Ramesh quoted the findings of the study which found that 75% glaciers are retreating, 8%

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About-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC

Jun 6th, 2011 | By




WMO: In 1988, through a United Nations General Assembly resolution entitled “Protection of global climate for present and future generations of mankind” WMO and UNEP established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with the goals to: Assess available scientific information on climate change Assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of climate change Formulate response

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Keys to Success at the Bonn Climate Talks

Jun 3rd, 2011 | By




More progress on substantive issues is needed to keep the climate talks headed in the right direction. As negotiators prepare to gather in Bonn, Germany, for the latest round of UN climate talks, there’s a pressing need to put substance ahead of politics in moving toward greater international cooperation on climate change. As the clock

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Pachauri rings alarm on Glaciers

Jun 2nd, 2011 | By




NEW DELHI: Noted environmentalist R K Pachauri said the Himalayan glaciers are melting at a “very rapid pace” on Tuesday, but did not refer to his earlier assertion that the glaciers could disappear by 2035, for which he had come under sharp attack from the government and others. “Glaciers are melting at a very rapid

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80% of energy through renewables by 2050

Jun 1st, 2011 | By




The world can be powered by more renewable energy and we don’t need to delay the transition to more sustainable energy sources, says IUCN. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) strongly supports the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation,

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Renewable Energies Failure

May 27th, 2011 | By




The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shocked the world with its forecast of glaciers melting, rising oceans, flooded cities and widespread starvation. Now it has issued a stunning report on the difficulties of creating renewable energy. It is a killer for the Obama administration’s wildly optimistic promise of a future world of renewable energies.

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IPCC: Half of Renewable Energy is Wood, Charcoal, and Animal Dung

May 25th, 2011 | By
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The IPCC recently released the Summary of a report about renewable energy. Both Pielke Jr. and Donna Laframboise have mentioned it, and once the final report comes out at the end of the month I’m sure we’ll hear more about it. However, in looking over the report I was stunned to find out what the

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New Paper Lays Out Smart Policies for Renewable Energy Growth

May 25th, 2011 | By




A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that 77 percent of the world’s energy could come from renewable sources by 2050, as long as governments adopt the right policies. A new working paper, Grounding Green Power, outlines the key components of smart renewable energy policy in developing countries, focusing on

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Renewable energy to meet 77% of demand by year 2050

May 25th, 2011 | By




The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) comprising representatives from 194 countries deliberated in Abu Dhabi for four days on a 900 page Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) and unanimously endorsed a 25 page summary for policy makers which highlighted that by the year 2050 the world

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Himalayan Mountains are not only water towers but much more than that: Dr. Pachauri

May 23rd, 2011 | By
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In a sustainable mountain development summit of Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI), Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC said that we should not only consider Himalayan Mountains as water towers, but, they are much more than that, in terms of biodiversity, culture, beautiful places, among others. He stated that given the mistake IPCC’s had earlier about

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You Suddenly Know What The Picture Is….

May 18th, 2011 | By




The vice chair of the Committee on America’s Climate Choices, William Chameides, spoke recently about the credibility of climate science: “Understanding climate change is really understanding the difference between a house of cards and a jigsaw puzzle.   Imagine a house of cards.  You look at the house of cards and you find one little card

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Climate Alarmism, Journalism in their Death Embrace

May 18th, 2011 | By




The Washington Post has a predictable, propagandistic lead Monday editorial — “Climate change underscored: A new report leaves little room for doubt” — that merits a fisking for the prominence given such admittedly non-newsy, if wildly spun and internally inconsistent, repetitiveness (emphases added throughout): “CLIMATE CHANGE is occurring, is very likely caused by human activities,

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Trust us, we’re climate scientists: the case for the IPCC

May 18th, 2011 | By




Why don’t scientists just get together and figure out what’s going on?” It’s a common question we hear about global warming. The answer is simple: “They have.” The largest effort to pull the relevant research together is the series of assessment reports commissioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The latest IPCC report

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Getting a grip on extreme weather

May 17th, 2011 | By




For the IPCC scientists working on a new report that will assess the effect climate change is having on the threat of natural disasters – and how to better manage increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events – Queensland is as good a place to meet as any. Within one month, from late December 2010

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More global preparation for increasing natural disasters: IPCC chair

May 17th, 2011 | By




MARK COLVIN: It’s been a year of wild weather – floods, cyclones and bushfires – and that’s just Australia. Now the United Nations’ chief science body is warning that that is likely to be the future global outlook unless climate change is addressed. More than 100 scientists from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Climate scientists convene on Gold Coast

May 16th, 2011 | By




A GROUP of leading climate scientists will experience some personal warming of their own this week at a Gold Coast conference to finalise a landmark paper on extreme weather events and disasters. The three-day symposium will be attended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman R.K. Pachauri, and scientists from more than 50 nations.

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ISRO: 75% of Himalayan glaciers retreating

May 16th, 2011 | By
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BANGALORE: A comprehensive study of Isro satellite images reveals 75% of Himalayan glaciers are on the retreat, with the ave rage shrinkage bein g 3.75km during the 15 years under study. The grim findings come after raging controversy over claims in the 2007 IPCC report of Himalayan glaciers disappearing by 2035, which were later retracted.

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UN Climate Change Panel to Adopt New Procedures, Quality Guidelines

May 15th, 2011 | By




Members of the Intergovernmental  Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting this past week in Abu Dhabi for their annual conference have announced adoption of new procedures to address questions of conflicts of interest, data analysis errors and other policy procedures. The member report comes in the wake of the 2009 “data scandal” at the UK-based

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