Friday, January 22, 2010

Rajenda Pachauri Resignation? Nobel Prize Data Wrong

Rajenda Pachauri, Director of the U.N.'s climate change gang, refuses to resign his position, as even more data errors are revealed in U.N. reports.

It was recently revealed that the Himalayan glaciers are not going to disappear, after an Indian scientist thought they might, and so the unscientific speculation was added to U.N. data. Pachauri says there will be other errors in the same section where the demise of the Himalayan glacier was forecast.

The U.N. IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) shared a Nobel with Al Gore in 2007 for their prediction that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 - and probably sooner.

But it emerged last week that the forecast was based not on a consensus among climate change experts, but on a media interview with a single Indian glaciologist in 1999.
The IPCC admitted on Thursday that the prediction was “poorly substantiated” in the latest of a series of blows to the panel’s credibility.
Rajenda Pachauri, also Indian, shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.  Those deciding who takes home a Nobel prize will believe anything as witnessed by President Obama's peace prize, for winning absolutely no peace. The Nobel Peace Prize is decided by a committee appointed by the Norwegian parliament. Two sentences set the guidelines for those nominated and chosen:
...shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses...
 There was obviously no notice of the fact that the U.N. has done no work for "fraternity between nations." None.

The glacierologist who speculated that the Himalyan glacier might be gone by 2035, does not plan to take the rap for the false information in U.N. reports:
The Indian glacierologist, Syed Hasnain, said this whole debacle is not his fault:
“It is the lead authors — blame goes to them,” he told The Times. “There are many mistakes in it. It is a very poorly made report.”

He and other leading glaciologists pointed out at least five glaring errors in the relevant section.
Here's an example of the "many mistakes:"
It says the total area of Himalayan glaciers “will likely shrink from the present 500,000 to 100,000 square kilometers by the year 2035”. There are only 33,000 square kilometers of glaciers in the Himalayas.
Have you noticed the new ads on television by the World Wildlife Fund. (WWF) I've seen tem several times. I think they are touting the starvation and death of polar bears due to climate change. Well, this erroneous report mentioned above attributes some data to the World Wildlife Fund - (notice the word "fund)" - a whole paragraph,  and the IPCC is not supposed to use such advocacy groups as sources."

But nevermind that data may be incorrect, false, ridiculous:
Professor Hasnain, who was not involved in drafting the IPCC report, said that he noticed some of the mistakes when he first read the relevant section in 2008.
That was also the year he joined The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi, which is headed by Dr Pachauri.
 Here's how Prof. Husnain explained this uncomfortable situation:
I was keeping quiet as I was working here,” he said. “My job is not to point out mistakes. And you know the might of the IPCC. What about all the other glaciologists around the world who did not speak out?
The esteemed Dr. Pachauri says it is all a "stupid mistake." He denies keeping the errors hidden until after the Copenhagen Summit - or..."discouraging funding of the TERI glacier program, the organization which he heads.

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