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Climate Bible Gets 21 “F”s on Report Card

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 Forty citizen auditors from 12 countries examined 18,531 sources cited in the report – finding 5,587 to be not peer-reviewed.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.