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Africagate: top British scientist says UN panel is losing credibility

Posted By admin On February 8, 2010 @ 5:34 am In Featured Stories,Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Jonathan Leake
London Times [1]
Monday, February 8th, 2010

A LEADING British government scientist has warned the United Nations’ climate panel to tackle its blunders or lose all credibility.

Robert Watson, chief scientist at Defra, the environment ministry, who chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2002, was speaking after more potential inaccuracies emerged in the IPCC’s 2007 benchmark report on global warming.

The most important is a claim that global warming could cut rain-fed north African crop production by up to 50% by 2020, a remarkably short time for such a dramatic change. The claim has been quoted in speeches by Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC chairman, and by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general.

This weekend Professor Chris Field, the new lead author of the IPCC’s climate impacts team, told The Sunday Times that he could find nothing in the report to support the claim. The revelation follows the IPCC’s retraction of a claim that the Himalayan glaciers might all melt by 2035, dubbed ‘Glaciergate’ by commentators.

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[1] London Times: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7017907.ece

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[3] Canadian scientist says UN’s global warming panel ‘crossing the line’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/canadian-scientist-says-uns-global-warming-panel-crossing-the-line.html

[4] Rajendra Pachauri: head of UN climate change panel clocks up half a million miles of air travel: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rajendra-pachauri-head-of-un-climate-change-panel-clocks-up-half-a-million-miles-of-air-travel.html

[5] UN brings in top scientists to review IPCC report on Himalayan glaciers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/un-brings-in-top-scientists-to-review-ipcc-report-on-himalayan-glaciers.html

[6] No apology from IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri for glacier fallacy: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-apology-from-ipcc-chief-rajendra-pachauri-for-glacier-fallacy.html

[7] U.S. Funds Nearly 50% — $31 Million — of U.N.’s Global Warming Panel: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-funds-nearly-50-31-million-of-u-n-%e2%80%99s-global-warming-panel.html

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