`Climate change clear and present danger; ignore skeptics`

Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 09:16

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked the officials gathered at the environment ministerial meeting in Bali to reject attempts by climate skeptics who
question the existence of climate change especially after the controversy surrounding the errors that have surfaced.

"I urge you to reject the last-ditch attempts by
climate skeptics to derail your negotiations by exaggerating
shortcomings in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report," Ban said.

"Tell the world that you unanimously agree that
climate change is a clear and present danger, that you are
working to implement agreements already made and that you are
continuing negotiations under the UNFCCC to address climate
change according to the demands of current scientific
information," he added.

The 2007 report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change erroneously claimed that Himalayan glaciers would melt
away by 2035. The error has also been attributed to a
typographical error with the words 2035 appearing instead of
2350.

Since the error surfaced there have been several calls
for investigations into the work of the IPCC and resignations
of its head Rajendra Pachauri, which he has refused to do.

"Some in media, and those who are sceptical about
climate change, are currently having a field day, parsing
every comma and cough in the IPCC 2007 assessment," Achim
Steiner, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) had
noted.

The present debacle was preceded by another
controversy, referred to as Climategate, which surfaced at the
same time as the Climate Change Conference kicked off at
Copenhagen in December 2009.

Hackers gained access to the data of the climate
research centre of the UK-based East Anglia University and
leaked confidential data including thousands of e-mails and
documents between British and US scientists over the past ten
years that have led to accusations that scientists amplified
the nature and scope of the manmade climate crisis.

Some of the excerpts of the e-mails posted read, "The
fact is that we can`t account for the lack of warming at the
moment and it is a travesty that we can`t."

At the time, Pachauri noted that the hackers were
performing illegal acts to undermine the efforts to combat
climate change.

"The persons who have worked on this report, and those
who unfortunately have been victims of this terrible and
illegal act, are outstanding scientists, and have contributed
enormously over the 20, 21 years of the existence of the
IPCC," he said, at the time.

In his address to those attending the present Bali
session, Ban noted that the Copenhagen climate conference had
helped set a 2?C goal, mitigation commitments for all
countries, funding for developing countries and address
deforestation.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 09:16

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