IPCC, the UN and Alarmism

by William Yeatman on November 20, 2007

Some of you may have noticed over the past few days the UN’s multi-tiered alarmism road show to push the “new” scary IPCC report.  This actually happens to be a summary of the three summaries released in staggered, media savvy fashion over the past ten months, the window for work to be considered having closed well over a year ago.  As such, it inherently cannot contain anything new or newsworthy without running afoul of the IPCC’s claim that the underlying work and claims made in the summaries has been “peer reviewed” (now proven to be an unsupportable claim, if one that's still made today).

As part of its campaign the IPCC has claimed that everything is happening faster than previously projected.  Why, they’ve even claimed that greenhouse gases are increasing faster than predicted, which is really quite something given that the IPCC assumes, via its computer models, an annual rate of GHG increase that has been exposed as being twice as great as three decades of observations reveal.

In a completely unrelated development, during this same week the IPCC continues this push the UN office that obtains increased money and authority depending on the extent of the AIDS epidemic was forced to admit it had long grossly overestimated the global infection rate, by more than forty percent.  “‘There was a tendency toward alarmism, and that fit perhaps a certain fundraising agenda,’ said Helen Epstein, author of ‘The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS’.  ‘I hope these new numbers will help refocus the response in a more pragmatic way.”

Possibly these two offices might speak some day.

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