Joined: Feb. 2006
|Some panel scientists feel the recent disclosures about unsubstantiated predictions of the vanishing of Himalayan glaciers|
Ugh, I guess I need to start getting used to that kind of misrepresentation from Revkin.
The Himalayan glacier error was made by working group II, which deals with impacts of climate change, not climate science per se. The science summary is done by working group I, and their report didn't mention the poorly-resourced WWF report cited by WGII.
Which is why the bogus 2035 number didn't make it into the Summary for Policy Makers. The wording on glaciers for the SPM was vetted by the glaciologists of WGI.
There are no "unsubstantiated predictions" in the physical science chapter of AR4, nor in the SPM, and it's the SPM that's most used. WG II cited a report that contained an error. The error was spotted, but not reported directly to the editor of that portion of WG II, but to an intermediary and apparently never got forwarded on.