Det har visst framkommit att den forskare som ansvarade för texten om glaciärerna i Himalaya i den senaste IPCC-rapporten, Dr Murari Lal, VISSTE att dessa uppgifter inte verifierats och ERKÄNNER att de tagits med för att skapa press på världens politiker.
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.’
Dessutom har Nigel Lawson bevis för att påståendet om glaciärerna kommenterats av flera s.k. reviewers. IPCC valde dock att ignorera dessa kommentarer.
For example, Hayley Fowler of Newcastle University, suggested that their draft did not mention that Himalayan glaciers in the Karakoram range are growing rapidly, citing a paper published in the influential journal Nature. In their response, the IPCC authors said, bizarrely, that they were ‘unable to get hold of the suggested references’, but would ‘consider’ this in their final version. They failed to do so.
The Japanese government commented that the draft did not clarify what it meant by stating that the likelihood of the glaciers disappearing by 2035 was ‘very high’. ‘What is the confidence level?’ it asked. The authors’ response said ‘appropriate revisions and editing made’. But the final version was identical to their draft.
Last week, Professor Georg Kaser, a glacier expert from Austria, who was lead author of a different chapter in the IPCC report, said when he became aware of the 2035 claim a few months before the report was published, he wrote to Dr Lal, urging him to withdraw it as patently untrue. Dr Lal claimed he never received this letter. ‘He didn’t contact me or any of the other authors of the chapter,’ he said.
Shame on you, IPCC. Hur många fler uttalanden av samma kaliber finns det i era rapporter? Jag har svårt att tro att det handlar om en engångsföreteelse.