For a while there, the world was shaken to the core about global warming, rising tides, and disappearing glaciers.
Gangotri will be gone! The holy Indian cows emit too much gas, eat them up!
The man who invented internet, and global warming, Al Gore got his revenge on the world that cheated him out of Presidency by scaring it into giving him a Nobel prize for manufacturing predictions of doomsday.
Now, of course, we know it to be otherwise.
The East Anglia email scandal, the data fudging business.
And now this: the idea of Himalayan glaciers melting away by 2035 was “speculation” not based on science, data or verified research.
The original news was not vetted, proven, peer-reviewed not subjected to test.
Times of London has all the details.
A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it. [snip]
It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.
Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was “speculation” and was not supported by any formal research.[snip]
Professor Murari Lal, who oversaw the chapter on glaciers in the IPCC report, said he would recommend that the claim about glaciers be dropped: [snip]
The revelation is the latest crack to appear in the scientific concensus over climate change. It follows the so-called climate-gate scandal, where British scientists apparently tried to prevent other researchers from accessing key date. Last week another row broke out when the Met Office criticised suggestions that sea levels were likely to rise 1.9m by 2100, suggesting much lower increases were likely.
Pachauri, in the meantime, is “studying the new evidence”
Truth being, of course, there is real evidence that some Himalayan glaciers are actually getting larger!
Not a particularly new idea, but things do change in nature, back and forth .. it’s not time for pralayam, yet …
The Resilient Earth has interesting photographs, and report by Vijay KumarRaina of Geological Survey of India.
IU is glad that Ganga will keep on flowing. Otherwise where else will the Indians put their pollution in?