Re: U.N. Climate Panel to Announce Significant Changes

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    "Bullwinkle" <> wrote in message
    > U.N. Climate Panel to Announce Significant Changes
    > In the wake of its swift and devastating fall from grace, the U.N.'s
    > Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) says it will announce
    > "within the next few days" plans to make significant changes in how it
    > does
    > business.
    > AP Photo/Gurinder Osan
    > U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) head Rajendra
    > Pachauri, left, and Thirteenth Finance Commission Chairman Vijay Kelkar
    > look
    > on at a press conference in New Delhi.
    > Just one year ago a pronouncement from the United Nations'
    > Intergovernmental
    > Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) was all that was needed to move nations and
    > change environmental policies around the world. But today, the panel's
    > creditability and even its very existence are in question.
    > In the wake of its swift and devastating fall from grace, the panel says
    > it
    > will announce "within the next few days" that it plans to make significant
    > though as yet unexplained changes in how it does business.
    > Brenda Abrar-Milani, an external relations officer at the IPCC's office in
    > Geneva, Switzerland, said changes have been slow in coming because "we
    > have
    > to inform the governments (all 194 member States) of any planned steps,
    > and
    > they are the ones who eventually take decisions on any revision of
    > procedures."
    > "We put everything on the table and looked at it," she said, explaining
    > that
    > the panel's reforms would be extensive. She refused to detail any of the
    > changes, but she did confirm that are in response to recent scandals
    > involving the panel.
    > "We used to operate in the dark, and now we seem to be in the spotlight,"
    > she said.
    > But critics of the IPCC say it has been slow to understand the gravity of
    > the crisis it has created, and it is incapable of making significant
    > internal changes. Since the crisis began, the panel's only reaction has
    > been
    > to post two documents to its Web site -- on Feb. 2 to explain its
    > "principles and procedures," and on Feb. 4 to detail the procedures the
    > panel uses in its reports.
    > In perhaps an indication of what changes the IPCC may unveil, the British
    > government's official Meteorological Office proposed Monday that the
    > world's
    > climate scientists start all over again on a "grand challenge" to produce
    > a
    > new, common trove of global temperature data.
    > The IPCC was created in 1988 to periodically review the state of climate
    > change science. It has has issued four reports so far, with a fifth in the
    > works. Governments based their programs and policies on its findings
    > solely
    > because it was considered the "final word" on the state of the planet's
    > climate. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, its reputation for
    > accuracy
    > and fairness, to a large degree, was responsible for building a consensus
    > around the world that global warming was both real and a potentially
    > devastating phenomenon largely caused by man.
    > But the panel, which has predicted massive and devastating storms as a
    > result of global warming, ran into the perfect storm itself, beginning
    > with
    > the leak of thousands of e-mails from the prestigious climate program at
    > East Anglia University in England.
    > Those e-mails raised troubling questions about the panel's impartiality
    > and
    > how deeply politics influenced its decisions. They show scientists
    > discussing how to avoid sharing information with skeptics despite freedom
    > of
    > information laws and how to keep people with contrary ideas out of
    > peer-reviewed journals. Dubbed "climate-gate," the piercing of the aura of
    > its authority prompted many to take a deeper look at the panel's workings.
    > Then came more "gates": Africa-gate, an exaggerated prediction of drought
    > and crop losses on the continent; glacier-gate, a false claim that
    > Himalayan
    > glaciers would disappear in two decades; disaster-gate, an unsubstantiated
    > claim that extreme weather, caused by global warming, was responsible for
    > growing billions in financial losses; Amazon-gate, its prediction that the
    > Amazon rain forest was dangerously shrinking; and Pachauri-gate, named for
    > the panel's chief.
    > In the first four "gates," source materials were examined to determine the
    > scientific basis for the panel's claims, and in each case the materials
    > used
    > to support panel assessments were flawed or not peer-reviewed.
    > Then came Pachauri-gate. Press reports revealed that the head of the
    > panel,
    > Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian engineer, lived an opulent lifestyle despite
    > a
    > meager wage and ran a consulting business on the side that presented
    > severe
    > conflict of interest issues. Greenpeace called for Pachauri to step down.
    > And in a severe slap to his credibility, his own country set up its own
    > climate panel to assess emerging scientific climate studies - the same job
    > the IPPC does.
    > Because the panel was supposed to conduct the most rigorous examination of
    > data possible, one error was bad enough. But the onslaught of sloppiness
    > and
    > errors was so devastating that many of the panel's strongest supporters
    > called for reform and, in some cases, abandonment of the panel.
    > Mike Hulme of East Anglia University in England, who has played critical
    > roles in the panel's earlier reports, wrote in Nature magazine that the
    > IPPC
    > "is no longer fit" to fulfill the purpose it was set up for in the 1980s
    > because science and public involvement had changed. He suggested breaking
    > the panel into three parts and allowing each to focus on a different
    > aspect
    > of global warming. One would look at the pure science, the second would
    > look
    > at regional changes and the third would focus on policy analysis and
    > propose
    > options based on new scientific findings.
    > Canadian climate scientist Andrew Weaver, who helped write the last three
    > IPCC reports, also called for a massive overhaul and the resignation of
    > Pachauri. He said that the panel had become "tainted by political
    > advocacy"
    > and that its approach to science should be radically changed. He told the
    > Canwest News Service that the panel should act only as a neutral advisory
    > body and not as an advocate of any political goal, and he said that "there
    > has been a dangerous crossing of that line."
    > Whether the as-yet-unannounced IPCC reforms will be enough to save the
    > panel's creditability and status remains to be seen. But it will be an
    > uphill battle.
    > Steve McIntyre, who also worked at the IPPC and whose blog, Climate Audit,
    > has been one of the most vocal critics of the panel, says that while cries
    > for reform have become loud, "very little thought has yet been put into
    > what
    > changes have to be made."
    > "I don't think they plan to change very much," he said. "They just don't
    > know how to reform it."

    But the mulatto wench that Obamo appointed to the EPA claimed that the
    science is settled.
    Ferd.Berfle, Feb 24, 2010
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    "§ñühw¤£f" <> wrote in message
    > In message <hm3tf1$bns$>, "Ferd.Berfle" wrote:
    >> But the mulatto<SLAP>

    > Oh look! A racist coward on the internets tubes!
    > Wow.

    You ommitted sexist you stupid greenie.

    She was given the job based upon her race and sex thus those are her only
    attritbutes worthy of discussion (unless her fat ass also was considered in
    the employment interview).

    Deal with it.
    Ferd.Berfle, Feb 25, 2010
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