Saturday, October 29, 2011

Glaciergate as a game changer gave sceptics the upper hand in the climate debate

"Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world  and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate. Its total area will likely shrink from the present 500,000 to 100,000 km2 by the year 2035 (WWF, 2005).”(IPCC AR4 WG2 Ch10, p. 493).”
To the runup to Copenhagen Climate meet, in order to get China and other countries in the India sub-continent on-board to signing a global climate treaty, the West unleashed their Trojan horses - their partner NGOs and environmental organizations to launch a grossly intellectually corrupt campaign. 

This centred around the scare that Himalayan glaciers are receding and in the long run as the ice diminishes, glacial runoffs in summer and river flows will also go down, leading to severe water shortages in the region using the IPCC report to buttress their case. The IPCC later withdrew this prediction. 


Glaciergate exposed IPCC as relying upon a second hand, non-peer reviewed source which turned out to be unreliable, and failed to identify this source.  As a result, the IPCC has predicted the likely loss of most or all of Himalaya’s glaciers by 2035 with apparently no peer-reviewed scientific studies to justify such a prediction and at least one scientific study (Kotlyakov) saying that such a disappearance is too fast by a factor of ten!

It also not only punctured the credibility of both the IPCC and its high profile Chairperson, Rajendra Pachuari but also those of the global warming movement in the country, particularly these NGOs who over- hyped this issue.  Lest we forget, a summary of what exactly is glacier gate is provided as a box item below.

In trying to deliver simplified messages; NGOs often pretended to know more than they do lending themselves to charges of climate scaremongering. A snapshot of some of the NGO’s recycled scare can be found as a box item below.


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