the world's second most populous nation and an emerging research
powerhouse, announced last week that it was establishing its own
independent climate panel to investigate climate change.
Indian government officials said that they "cannot rely" on
the the United Nation's International Panel on Climate Change in
light of recent errors.India's Environment Minister, Jairam
Ramesh, announced the new panel on Wednesday evening. The new
panel will be named the National Institute of Himalayan Glaciology.
Its chief goal will be to monitor the health of the world’s "third
ice cap", and form an "Indian IPCC" to use "climate
science" to offer analysis more solidly founded in unbiased
observation.Describes Mr. Ramesh, "There is a fine line
between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for climate
science. I think people misused [the] IPCC report, [the] IPCC doesn’t
do the original research which is one of the weaknesses… they just
take published literature and then they derive assessments, so we had
goof-ups on Amazon forest, glaciers, snow peaks."He
continues, "I respect the IPCC but India is a very large country
and cannot depend only on [the] IPCC and so we have launched the
Indian Network on Comprehensive Climate Change Assessment
(INCCA)."The move marks a major snub for the IPCC and
its Indian chief, Rajendra Pachauri. As is alluded to in
Mr. Ramesh's remarks, over the last month Mr. Pachauri has been under
fire for a retracted study that claimed the Himalayan
Glaciers would melt by 2035. Mr. Pachauri, who
holds a doctorate in economics but no formal climate training, has
been a controversial figure, suggesting that people worldwide give up
luxuries such as meat to fight climate change despite reportedly
living an affluent lifestyle personally. Nonetheless, Mr.
Pachauri does have powerful supporters -- as evidenced by the 2007
Nobel Peace Prize, which he received along with fellow amateur
researcher Al Gore.Mr. Ramesh was critical of Mr. Pachauri's
recently retracted report, stating that it "was clearly out of
place and didn’t have any scientific basis." The
new National Institute of Himalayan Glaciology will be based in
Dehradun, Uttarakhand and will publish its first climate survey in
November. The survey will track glaciers in India, Pakistan,
Nepal and Bhutan.More scientific analysis on as significant a
topic as understanding our planet is certainly a great idea and
India's desire to avoid reliance on biased climate research sources
is commendable. One can only hope that they thoroughly examine
past historical and geological evidence, which heavily points to
cyclic climate changes independent of human influence. Recent
studies have shown that the Earth may balance
out what minimal atmospheric effects humans have, leaving
solar activity as the primary driving factor of any changes in our
quote: Since the publication of the New York Times bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and the release of the Academy Award–winning ?lm of the same title, Mr. Gore has led more than 30 “Solutions Summits” with top scientists, engineers, and policy experts to examine every solution to the climate crisis in depth and detail . Our Choice draws on conclusions developed through those summits as well as on extensive independent research, describing how the bold choices necessary to save the earth’s climate should also be the foundations of policies world- wide to create new jobs and stimulate sustainable economic progress.
quote: there are thousands of statements in [an Inconvenient Truth'. Nine or so are shown to be wrong. Thus the theory Gore is an advocate for must be wrong? No, it doesn't work like that
quote: Let me guess- there are thousands of statements. Nine or so are shown to be wrong. Thus the theory Gore is an advocate for must be wrong? No, it doesn't work like that.
quote: Thus the work of Mr. Gore and Mr. Pachauri could be viewed as research of a sort, albeit it would likely be disqualified from being considered serious science due to the apparent bias in both cases.
quote: To ignore these facts while strong arming the ones which work to your advantage against your debater actually proves to me that you may not be a very well established scientist.
quote: THE scientist at the centre of the “climategate” email scandal has revealed that he was so traumatised by the global backlash against him that he contemplated suicide.
quote: Jones, 57, said he was unprepared for the scandal: “I am just a scientist. I have no training in PR or dealing with crises.”
quote: that the area of New Orleans and other swamp lands were meant as a natural barrier to lessen the effects of a hurricane by absorbing most of its energy.
quote: Go ask Sara Palin for help!
quote: The authors contacted 10,200 scientists...and received 3,146 responses to their two questions: "have mean global temperatures risen compared to pre-1800s levels?" and "Has human activity been a significant factor in changing mean global temperatures?"
quote: You have a problem with some people not returning the survey? Is that actualy your frist argument? Wow! Grasp for more straws.
quote: Conclusions The results do not support a causal relation between environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality, although they do not rule out a small effect. The association between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease and lung cancer may be considerably weaker than generally believed.
quote: Are you Sarah Palin?
quote: Rajendra Pachauri was apparently too busy to check into glaciergate problems in December. We now know why. Instead of proofreading climate articles, Pachauri has been busy launching a softcore novel about the sexual adventures of a climate expert in his late 60s
quote: I'm kind of curious to find out the point at which people WILL consciously change their ways
quote: Let's say it's been proven that: "Every time someone take a bit of beef, someone in the world dies (caused directly by the aforementioned beef consumption)." Would THAT convince people to stop eating meat? Or something else that's so ingrained into our daily lives?