Theodore's World: UN Climate Change Panel Based Claims on Student Dissertation and Magazine Article

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February 02, 2010

UN Climate Change Panel Based Claims on Student Dissertation and Magazine Article

UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article

The United Nations' expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world's mountain tops on a student's dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.

The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.

The IPCC's remit is to provide an authoritative assessment of scientific evidence on climate change.

In its most recent report, it stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.

However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.

The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master's degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.

The revelations, uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph, have raised fresh questions about the quality of the information contained in the report, which was published in 2007.

It comes after officials for the panel were forced earlier this month to retract inaccurate claims in the IPCC's report about the melting of Himalayan glaciers.

Professor Richard Tol, one of the report's authors who is based at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland, said: "These are essentially a collection of anecdotes.

"Why did they do this? It is quite astounding. Although there have probably been no policy decisions made on the basis of this, it is illustrative of how sloppy Working Group Two (the panel of experts within the IPCC responsible for drawing up this section of the report) has been.
"There is no way current climbers and mountain guides can give anecdotal evidence back to the 1900s, so what they claim is complete nonsense."

The magazine article, which was written by Mark Bowen, a climber and author of two books on climate change, appeared in Climbing magazine in 2002. It quoted anecdotal evidence from climbers of retreating glaciers and the loss of ice from climbs since the 1970s.

Mr Bowen said: "I am surprised that they have cited an article from a climbing magazine, but there is no reason why anecdotal evidence from climbers should be disregarded as they are spending a great deal of time in places that other people rarely go and so notice the changes."

Wild Thing's comment.......

This scam becomes more stunning by the day.

Thank God for the UK papers. Our media is DOA on this subject. Fox News needs to get this information out there.

They should investigate Gore. Once the Republicans take back DC Al Gore should be run over the coals and forced to pay for his monetary crimes against humanity.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at February 2, 2010 05:47 AM


First of all, anecdotal evidence is considered hearsay or a second opinion and is not based on fact but merely an interesting narrative of what they believe they saw and their perception of what has happened.

Second, a climber is certainly NOT a Climate Scientist. If the UN was so convinced of their story being true, why not depose these climbers and have them testify under oath that this is indeed true. Also verify that their memories are 100 % and can be counted on as factual evidence.

Again the UN or obama are not interested in the Truth, nor are they interested in finding out the truth what they are concerned about is 'Social Justice' and redistributing the Wealth of the United States and turning us into a third world country.

If any of these demagogues were really concerned about 'Global Warming' wouldn't it make sense to get the brightest minds in the world together and debate the issue and find out what is really going on ? Instead, they have a bunch of latter day Progressives demanding the Unites States pay for our sins and give our fortunes of hard work to people who don't want to work.

Posted by: Mark at February 2, 2010 09:25 AM

The AGW theory (=Anthropogenic Global Warming theory), and its infamous image of a "hockey stick graph," by Mr. Michael Mann (PSU), and used by Mr. Al Gore, amongst other AGW alarmnists, now discredited after Climategate/Global Warming Hoax, due to its manipulation of the MWP (=Medieval Warming Period), in the UN/IPCC 2001 report, by the #1 Junk Scientist, Mr. Michael Mann, in short: MWP disappears with the help of Mr. Mann, but the MWP WAS included in the original UN/IPCC 1990 report, by the "Father of Climatology," former Met Office meteorologist, Hubert Lamb.

Mr. Michael Mann, now, amongst others, is under investigation, by Congress, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla), for, "Inhofe Launches ┬┤Climategate┬┤Investigation, Warns Participants to retain Documents," November 24, 2009, at .

Between, (1990-2001), i.e. IPCC 1990 report, and IPCC 2001 report, lengthy path of data manipulation, driven by non-scientific issues, and foremost, by AGW theory alarmnists, especially, Mr. Al Gore, Mr. Michael Mann, Mr. Phil Jones (CRU/UEA), Mr. James Hansen (NASA/GISS), and escalating up to Climategate in November 2009, and now added, Himalayagate, Amazongate, and urbanization, and reductions of temperature stations around the world, i.e. manipulation of temperature data.

The AGW theory has produced zero reproducible scientific data since its inscription, and should therefore be rejected. (The AGW theory is not science, it is an anti-science ideology, driven foremost of anti-human population control, manipulation, and socialism.)

Say no to Climategate, Junk Science, and Cap and Trade.

Posted by: Anon at February 2, 2010 10:21 PM

Mark, thank you so much for all of that input. I agree too about if we did this, we would have the best of the best working on it and all above board. Checking all the information to make sure it is legit too.

Anon, good information thank you. I agree too about NO to this idiocy of climategate and junk science and cap and trade. This is so huge they have got to stop this huge lie about all of this baloney.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 3, 2010 12:44 AM