What happened to the IPCC at Busan?

“After all, most people spend their lives making decisions under uncertainty, and that’s what dealing effectively with climate change demands – the same kind of decisions you make when you decide to buckle your seatbelt…”

-Chris Field, IPCC Working Group II Co-Chair, speaking to reporters at Busan

Evidently, such advice does not apply to the IPCC itself.

IPCC - Going off the Rails

Richard Black, BBC, thinks that ” Rajendra Pachauri will be here to usher” the AR5 in,” barring some major mishap”. In the rough-and-tumble world of climate change polity, the events of the last one year are not major mishaps then.


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2 comments

  1. Oliver K. Manuel

    Why – after years of misinformation from Al Gore, Dr. Pachauri, et al. – does Dr Stocker only now admit that “it is a confusing picture”?

    “It is an emerging field, the uncertainties are large. You can find studies with a cooling over the next 10 years, and others showing an enhanced warming – so the variety of simulation studies seems confusing.”

    Some good will come of this, however.

    Climatologists got a bum rap for coping the “consensus” practices that had been used in other fields of science – astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear, solar and space sciences – for decades to hide or manipulate experimental data that showed the Sun -Earth’s heat source* – is NOT a ball of Hydrogen.

    Thanks to the Climategate scandal, the stonewall is starting to crumble in these other fields of science.

    Thanks to Al Gore and Dr. Pachauri, science may once again become an honorable profession.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

    * “Earth’s Heat Source – The Sun”, Energy & Environment 20 (2009) 131-144
    http://arxiv.org/pdf/0905.0704

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