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Climate Bible Gets 21 “F”s on Report Card

Posted By admin On April 14, 2010 @ 8:43 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

No Frakking Consensus [1]
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

21 of 44 chapters in the United Nations’ Nobel-winning climate bible earned an F on a report card [2] we are releasing today. Forty citizen auditors from 12 countries examined 18,531 sources cited in the report – finding 5,587 to be not peer-reviewed.

Contrary to statements by the chairman [3] of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the celebrated 2007 report does not rely solely on research published in reputable scientific journals. It also cites press releases [4], newspaper and magazine clippings [5], working papers [6], student theses [7], discussion papers [8], and literature [9] published by green advocacy [10] groups. Such material is often called “grey literature.”



We’ve been told this report is the gold standard. We’ve been told it’s 100 percent peer-reviewed science. But thousands of sources cited by this report have not come within a mile of a scientific journal.

Based on the grading system [12] used in US schools, 21 chapters in the IPCC report receive an F (they cite peer-reviewed sources less than 60% of the time), 4 chapters get a D, and 6 get a C. There are also 5 Bs and 8 As.

In November, IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri disparaged non-peer-reviewed research in an interview [13] with the Times of India (see the end of the article):

IPCC studies only peer-review science. Let someone publish the data in a decent credible publication. I am sure IPCC would then accept it, otherwise we can just throw it into the dustbin.


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[1] No Frakking Consensus: http://nofrakkingconsensus.blogspot.com/

[2] report card: http://www.noconsensus.org/ipcc-audit/IPCC-report-card.php

[3] statements by the chairman: http://www.noconsensus.org/ipcc-audit/not-as-advertised.php

[4] press releases: http://www.noconsensus.org/ipcc-audit/media-releases-in-IPCC-report.php

[5] clippings: http://climatequotes.com/2010/02/11/ipcc-references-at-least-29-news-articles-in-ar4/

[6] working papers: http://www.noconsensus.org/ipcc-audit/working-papers-in-IPCC-report.php

[7] theses: http://climatequotes.com/2010/02/03/ipcc-cited-multiple-masters-students-in-ar4-some-unpublished/

[8] discussion papers: http://www.noconsensus.org/ipcc-audit/discussion-papers-in-IPCC-report.php

[9] literature: http://nofrakkingconsensus.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-dodgy-citations-in-nobel-winning.html

[10] advocacy: http://nofrakkingconsensus.blogspot.com/2010/01/greenpeace-and-nobel-winning-climate_28.html

[11] Image: http://infowars-shop.stores.yahoo.net/inemnewwoord.html

[12] grading system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_academic_grade#United_States

[13] interview: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-proof-of-Himalayan-ice-melting-due-to-climate-change/articleshow/5213045.cms

[14] READ THE CITIZEN AUDIT REPORT HERE: http://www.noconsensus.org/ipcc-audit/findings-main-page.php

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