Saturday, January 30, 2010

Glaciers and 2035--the Peer Review Process

The claim that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 was never anything but contemptible nonsense--deliberately circulated by one individual trying to get a career and grants as a hero of climate change, and constantly repeated by many bright and well-educated people. The claim really took off when it was thrown into the basket of stuff called the IPCC report. In the words of an old cartoon about a prof handing a paper back to a student: "This is excellent work--a judicious mixture of truth, half-truth, and outright lies."

In some ways this is worse than Creationism--a real war on science.

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