On the “World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4“, Sunday 31st January 2010, there was a news article about the recent IPCC report on the melting Himalayan glaciers. A spokes person for climatologists said that 30 – 40 scientists collect all the data. Then there are many more scientists, suggested in their thousands, that model the collected data and produce reports.
There have been many inaccuracies and misinformation of late reported on East Anglia University’s withholding information through to the IPCC not performing proper checks on information released.
The new research comes at a difficult time for climate scientists, who have been forced to defend their predictions in the face of an embarrassing mistake in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which included false claims that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035. There has also been heavy criticism over the way climate scientists at the University of East Anglia apparently tried to prevent the release of data requested under Freedom of Information laws.
While inaccurate information released does not help the cause of ‘climate science’, it does not detract that temperature is rising globally. Edward Miliband, Secretary of State, suggests that the recent issues of inaccurate information does not undermine the ‘evidence of CO2 on temperature’ rises. However publishing data that is inaccurate or misleading is foolhardy in a political world where a blame culture exists. Continue reading