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U.N. Climate panel pummeled for misinformation, high and low
By Michael Fumento
From the very top of the earth to the bottom, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just can't get it right.
I recently wrote of how the panel's latest (2007) report, the one that split the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, was finally caught on what was an obviously false statement: That the glaciers atop the Himalayas would be melted by 2035 because of global warming. It would take an incredible amount of sustained heat to do that. The only question was what source the panel used, and that proved to be an off-the-cuff assertion by a global warming activist as reprinted in an environmentalist journal - with a mathematical error to boot!
Now it's been revealed that the panel grossly overstated how much of the Netherlands is below sea level.
Its latest report says 55 percent of the country is below sea level, leaving it highly prone to flooding along rivers that would ostensible rise with warming temperatures. But Netherlanders can take off their clogs and relax. According to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, just 26 percent of the country is below sea level and 29 percent susceptible to river flooding. You can see a lot of pretty maps regarding the subject by the Dutch Ministry of Transport here.
The IPCC insists that it's a minor point in a report 3,000 pages long and doesn't affect the core conclusions that human activities, led by burning fossil fuels, are warming the globe. Of course it doesn't, any more than does the Himalayan nonsense.
But this latest wooden shoe to the butt again illustrates that this allegedly thoroughly documented reports by the allegedly top experts in world has a nasty tendency to simply include anything that will make its case seem stronger. Taken in light of the recent "Climategate" revelations that scientists who came to the "wrong" conclusions had their materially systematically excluded from the report and other IPCC documents, it shows just how shaky this house of cards is.
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