It has not been a good few months to be a global warming activist/believer.
In 2007, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a much-publicized “report” on global warming. The portion of the report that caused the most headlines was their professional prediction that because of global warming, the Himalayan glaciers would be melted by as soon as the year 2035.
This was bad news, because the Himalayan glaciers provide headwater to Asia’s nine largest rivers. If these glaciers melted, it would result in mass flooding and then mass drought, affecting over 1 billion people. Sound the alarm!
Well, on the heels of the ClimateGate scandal back in November, where ‘scientists’ admitted to fabricating data and ostracizing and marginalizing other scientists who didn’t believe in global warming, the UN group has now gone public and come clean about their scary report.
According to the IPCC themselves, the report was a “mistake” and has been “withdrawn”. Why, you might ask? For the best of reasons: “Because it has no scientific foundation.”
What? You mean global warming proponents used the cover of a scientific report in order to advance an ideological agenda rather than reporting what the science actually said? Noooo… who would have seen that coming?
Turns out that these “scientists” had absolutely no evidence for making such a claim. In fact, the lead author of the report, Murari Lal, now admits that the report was nothing but a political scare tactic: “Lal last night admitted [the scary figure] was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.”
Indeed, other parts of the report are now being called into question as well. For example, a claim that huge portions of the Amazon Rainforest will be wiped out because of global warming has been withdrawn because, again, there is no scientific data to back up the claim.
As the Canadian paper The Globe and Mail recently said on their Opinion Page, we are witnessing “The Great Global Warming Collapse” and “as the science scandals keep coming, the air has gone out of the climate-change movement.”