Friday, 5 February 2010

IPCC is meeting strong headwinds

The Himalayan glaciers are not melting as fast as IPCC anticipated. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

It’s not far from a Nobel to a fiasco. Just over two years ago, in late 2007, Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were basking in the limelight.

Their reputation has not fared well recently.

Now, many critics are calling for IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri to step down for publishing incorrect data on the melting of the Himalayan glaciers. Moreover, he has ties to companies that would benefit from new climate policies.

Climate change advocates suffered another setback when the British Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) disclosed that researchers at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia broke the law by refusing to let climate critics have a look at their reports.


Schiermeier, Quirin. 2010. IPCC flooded by criticism. Nature news (2 February)

News briefing: 4 February 2010. Nature News.