Fresh doubts were cast over controversial global warming theories yesterday after a major climate change argument was discredited.
The International Panel on Climate Change was forced to admit its key claim that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 was lifted from a 1999 magazine article. The report was based on an interview with a little-known Indian scientist who has since said his views were â€œspeculationâ€ and not backed up by research.
It was also revealed that the IPCCâ€™s controversial chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, described as â€œthe worldâ€™s top climate scientistâ€, is a former railway engineer with a PhD in economics and no formal climate science qualifications.
Dr Pachauri was yesterday accused of a conflict of interest after it emerged he has a network of business interests that attract millions of pounds in funding thanks to IPCC policies. One of them, The Energy Research Institute, has a London office and is set to receive up to Â£10million from British taxpayers over the next five years in the form of grants from the Department for International Development.
Dr Pachauri denies any conflict of interest arising from his various roles.
Yesterday, critics accused the IPCC of boosting the man-made global warming theory to protect a multi-million pound industry.
Climate scientist Peter Taylor said: â€œI am not surprised by this news. A vast bureaucracy and industry has been built up around this theory. There is too much money in it for the IPCC to let it wither.â€
Excuse the slight pun, but this is just the tip of the iceburg.. See my weblink for details of how its possible for a small group of climate scientists to be able to influence a whole sector of research; with blow by blow coverage.
Never changes does it.
“It was also revealed that the IPCCâ€™s controversial chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, described as â€œthe worldâ€™s top climate scientistâ€, is a former railway engineer with a PhD in economics and no formal climate science qualifications.”
“Revealed”? Isn’t that rather pejorative? Did Pachauri ever try to hide his degrees? How could he? They’re matters of public record. When was he described as â€œthe worldâ€™s top climate scientist”? I’ve never seen that claim? Who made it?
In his authorized biography said: “the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which recognized his vast knowledge and experience in the energy-environment field”… Actually he give conferences on Global Warming, not in railroads diessel-locomotives enengineerings, to which he is qualified. The same biography call him (among many other things) a “scientist” and being at the top of the IPCC means something like a “World’s top climate scientist”.
However, the scandal is not about his degrees, but about having a position for which he have virtually ZERO knowledge.
But this at UN is usual, because what counts there is how strong you are able to push your leftist ideological agenda, and never your qualification.
Is it really “Leftist”, or simple old-fashioned GREED??!! Or put another way- Business as usual…??? Think about it.
Rob, It is always about money. You know that. If an idiot can profit off an idiot they will. It has never changed nor will it. Left, Right, Independent or centrist. There are fools/idiots born every day. Deal with it.
The global warming house of cards is falling…which party will deny it? We all know the answer to that.
This is a question that nobody can really answer going forward. Looking back, yes. Depends on the circumstances and monies involved. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that is an unfortunate fact.
Climate Change is really scary, now we have super typhoons and a lot of flooding going on some countries..*:~