If there is one thing that worries us at ecoenergydiy.com it is the irresponsible adoption of inadequately checked and tested data and 'scientific' reports by the climate change authorities including governments, the United Nations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The truth is too important to get wrong.
Reported in the Sunday Times (January 17, 2010) under the title World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown and in many other newspapers and journals, it turns out that the significant claim in the IPCC 2007 report that "the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035" was only there because the IPCC had read a campaigning report by the WWF based on an article published in 1999 by the 'New Scientist' who reported some assertions made by a little known Indian scientist about one Himalayan glacier!
An article appears in an Indian magazine by little known Indian Scientist
=> Short telephone interview by New Scientist reporter - he is told about a report to be published
=>Article published in New Scientist in 1999 indicating the report was not peer reviewed and had not been published in a scientific journal
=> WWF cites the New Scientist article in a campaigning report in 2005 and says it applies to all Himalayan glaciers (for no reason, it seems).
=> New Scientist publishes
=> IPCC publishes report in 2007 quoting source of information as the WWF.
=> UN Climate Change Copenhagen conference influenced by report.
=> IPCC withdraws this aspect of their report - but damage already done.
=> WWF ammends their report.
Climate change may be the most important threat to various areas of the world. It is proposed to spend hugh amounts of money, time and effort in trying to negate the changes. It is imperative that all research into climate change and its effects and all official bodies making reports, drawing conclusions and recommending actions are honest, thorough and fully open about their data and scientific sources.
There are now hugh numbers of scientists, environmentalists, people in governments and civil services, technologists, media people and businesses etc who's incomes/funding/status depend on the climate change 'bandwagon'. Hugh amounts of effort are already being spent on these people and organisations.
This subject is too important for the truth to be lost in the swirl of speculation and fight to be heard. It is there imperative that the leading organisations such as the UN are scrupulous in checking all information, views and papers whether 'scientific' or otherwise.
In the end so much effort could be diverted into some aspects of climate change activities that do not warrant it that the world's population might be thrown into even worse danger by not dealing sufficiently/effectively with other threats such as war and disease.
For more on this see these two New Scientist articles:
Climate chief admits error over Himalayan glaciers
Debate heats up over IPCC melting glaciers claim