It is always important what is being said and who is saying it
So when HSBC says the following, it is time to listen.
Doubts about science have been replaced by the realities of extreme events and rising commodity prices.
Some people are great sticklers for scientific accuracy a.k.a ‘being honest’. Others are experts at putting the ‘good stuff’ coming out of the IPCC to use, a.k.a ‘being effective’.
(Cross-posted at Bishop Hill)
Last November things began to go seriously wrong for the IPCC version of science. In all this, it is easy to forget how recently it was that green science, and the IPCC in particular, had a good reputation with the public for honesty and integrity. It started after a leading Indian glaciologist called VK Raina public pointed out that he disagreed with the IPCC conclusion that the Himalayan glaciers would melt away within 30 years. Raina said studies showed that at the present rate of melting, the glaciers would take hundreds of years to do so. The Indian public had previously been told that the waters from the Himalayas would dry up within their lifetimes, so this good news was published on the front pages of the newspapers.