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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Climate Change


What is the IPCC? It's the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body who evaluate the risk of climate change caused by human activity. The panel was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organiation (WMO) and the United National Environment Program (UNEP), two organisations that belong to the United Nations. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. They don't carry out their own research, they gather information from climate scientists from around the world and then release reports.
But they recently got it wrong. They said that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035. They based this prediction on the theory put forward by an Indian climate scientist no one had ever heard of. When it was pointed out that it wasn't going to happen, the IPCC have since recognised and rectified their data but seem to be unaccountable for it and offer no apology. This UN climate agency is frightening a lot of people with claims like this and they need to stop it.
And what about the 1000 emails and 3000 documents of private correspondence between scientists that hackers stole and posted on the internet. They proved that well known climate scientists deliberately conspired to manipulate data and suppress evidence about global warming to suit their own beliefs, namely that climate change is real and caused by man.
It's hard to form an opinion when scientists continue to fight amongst themselves, there is a bitter division between them about climate change. And if scientists can't agree, what hope have we got?