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Scientists to review IPCC
 

But won't review the data
 

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10 Mar 10 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the world's science academies to review work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Work will be co-ordinated by the Inter-Academy Council, which will convene a panel of experts to conduct the review, and will be run independently of UN agencies.

"The panel will look forward and will definitely not go over all the vast amount of data in climate science," said Robbert Dijkgraaf, the council's co-chair.

          Not go over all the vast amount of data?  In other words, they won't
          question the truth of what has already been published. Well, that's
          probably okay. Their data is suspect anyway.

Roger Pielke Jr, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado who has recently criticised the IPCC over its assessment of the costs of climate-related disasters, said the terms of reference appeared to have some significant omissions.

"Should it ignore the AR4 issues, then it will risk being called a whitewash."

Prof Pielke also suggested the panel might look at apparent conflicts of interest within the IPCC's staff.

          I think Prof Pielke is correct in saying that it might look like a whitewash.
          They're reviewing their procedures, but not questioning the integrity of
          what they've already said.

Mr Ban said the overall concept of man-made climate change was robust, and action to curb emissions badly needed.

"Let me be clear - the threat posed by climate change is real," said Mr Ban. "I have seen no credible evidence that challenges the main conclusions of [the IPCC's 2007] report."

          Sure. If you don't allow opposing evidence to reach the light of day,
          then you won't see it. How about looking at ALL of the evidence?

          What kind of a review doesn't question the data?

See entire article by Richard Black:
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/8561004.stm
Thanks to Icewoman for this link


 



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