Monday, February 08, 2010

UK Paper Reports New Errors in IPCC Climate Change Report

See UK Feb 6, 2010 article "New errors in IPCC climate change report"

See United Kingdom Feb 6, 2010 article at The Telegraph newspaper at by Richard Gray and Ben Leach

■ "The United Nations panel on climate change is facing fresh criticism today as [UK] The Sunday Telegraph reveals new factual errors and poor sources of evidence in its influential report to government leaders."
■ "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report is supposed to be the world’s most authoritative scientific account of the scale of global warming. But this paper has discovered a series of new flaws in it including:
• The publication of inaccurate data on the potential of wave power to produce electricity around the world, which was wrongly attributed to the website of a commercial wave-energy company.
• Claims based on information in press releases and newsletters.
• New examples of statements based on student dissertations, two of which were unpublished.
• More claims which were based on reports produced by environmental pressure groups."
■ "They are the latest in a series of damaging revelations about the IPCC’s most recent report, published in 2007."
■ "Last month, the panel was forced to issue a humiliating retraction after it emerged statements about the melting of Himalayan glaciers were inaccurate."
■ "Last weekend, this paper revealed that the panel had based claims about disappearing mountain ice on anecdotal evidence in a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.
■ "The IPCC’s panel had wrongly reported that more than half of the Netherlands was below sea level because it had failed to check information supplied by a Dutch government agency."
■ "Despite these checks, a diagram used to demonstrate the potential for generating electricity from wave power has been found to contain numerous errors."
■ "It can also be revealed that claims made by the IPCC about the effects of global warming, and suggestions about ways it could be avoided, were partly based on information from ten dissertations by Masters students."
■ "The IPCC also made use of a report by US conservation group Defenders of Wildlife to state that salmon in US streams have been affected by rising temperatures. The panel has already come under fire for using information in reports by conservation charity the WWF [World Wildlife Fund]".

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