Some are aghast that, as summarized in the CNN news story,

The U.N.’s leading panel on climate change has apologized for misleading data published in a 2007 report that warned Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.

In a statement released, Wednesday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said estimates relating to the rate of recession of the Himalayan glaciers in its Fourth Assessment Report were “poorly substantiated” adding that “well-established standards of evidence were not applied properly.”

But how is it that something written in 2007 is just now being read and thoroughly vetted by experts? We are also told in the CNN article that it

has recently emerged that the IPCC statement on Himalayan glaciers, which was based on information from a 2005 report by the World Wildlife Fund, was in turn gleaned from a article that appeared in the popular UK science journal, The New Scientist in June 1999.

Wow. It sounds like the IPCC needs some top-flight editors on staff to make certain that, at the least, its statements are properly cited and thoroughly cross-checked.


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