Saturday, 23 January 2010

Glaciergate: Now the scandal spreads to India

From Christopher Booker's Sunday column in the DT.
I can report a further dramatic twist to what has inevitably been dubbed "Glaciergate" - the international row surrounding the revelation that the latest report on global warming by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contained a wildly alarmist, unfounded claim about the melting of Himalayan glaciers. Last week, the IPCC, led by its increasingly controversial chairman, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, was forced to issue an unprecedented admission: the statement in its 2007 report that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035 had no scientific basis, and its inclusion in the report reflected a "poor application" of IPCC procedures.

This has become big news in India and Dr Richard North, one of the most outspoken critics of the whole AGW scam, was interviewed on India's leading English-language TV news channel discussing the issue with Dr Vijay Raina, a glaciologist who had also criticised Pachauri.

As Dr North points out, it's another 'follow the money' scandal, and his barbs at Pachauri's penchant for £1,000 suits and high living really hit home.

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