Glacier Scientist Admits to Fabricating Himalaya Scare
HIMALAYAS: One more “climate scientist” has come forward and admitted faking a study in order to provide the IPCC with scare tactics used to alarm the general public. Who hasn’t heard of the Himalayas? What a great high profile target, one valuable for its shock value. Turns out it was all a sham.
First the scare tactics, from the IPCC’s 2007 report:
Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world (see Table 10.9) and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate. Its total area will likely shrink from the present 500,000 to 100,000 km2 by the year 2035 (WWF, 2005).
The receding and thinning of Himalayan glaciers can be attributed primarily to the global warming due to increase in anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases. The relatively high population density near these glaciers and consequent deforestation and land-use changes have also adversely affected these glaciers. The 30.2 km long Gangotri glacier has been receding alarmingly in recent years (Figure 10.6). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Oooh… scary stuff, and so official-sounding, too. Can’t you just hear the tree-huggers with their gritted teeth screaming that we have to enact legislation RIGHT NOW to save the Himalayas! The only thing that could be worse than the balding of the Himalayas is defrosting Santa’s North Pole. (They’re scaring us about that too.)
Turns out this bogus claim was made strictly out of ideological reasons:
The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.
Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report’s chapter on Asia, said: ‘It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action.
‘It had importance for the region, so we thought we should put it in.’ David Rose, UK Daily Mail
We wonder how the IPCC and those reporting IPCC’s phony “research” will set about correcting the false impression they have created in the minds of the public. The NIP bets Al Gore will shortly be convening a news conference to correct the misinformation.