Climate change study had `significant error`: Experts

Climate change study that projected a 2.4 degree C increase in temperature was seriously flawed.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 00:59 AM IST

Washington: A climate change study that projected a 2.4 degree Celsius increase in temperature and massive worldwide food shortages in the next decade was seriously flawed, scientists said on Wednesday.

The study was posted on the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

But AAAS later retracted the study as experts cited numerous errors in its approach.
"A reporter with The Guardian alerted us yesterday to concerns about the news release submitted by Hoffman & Hoffman public relations," said AAAS spokeswoman Ginger Pinholster.

"We immediately contacted a climate change expert, who confirmed that the information raised many questions in his mind, too. We swiftly removed the news release from our Web site and contacted the submitting organisation."

Climate scientist Rey Weymann said that the "study contains a significant error in that it confuses `equilibrium` temperature rise with `transient temperature rise.`"
He also noted that study author Liliana Hisas of the Universal Ecological Fund (UEF), a non-profit group headquartered in Argentina, was told of the problems in advance of the report`s release.

"The author of the study was told by several of us about this error but she said it was too late to change it," said Weymann.

The study was co-authored by Nobel-Prize winning scientist Osvaldo Canziani, who was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The study cited the IPCC`s fourth assessment report released in 2007 as its basis, combined with "the business-as-usual path the world is currently following," said Hisas.

Canziani`s spokesman yesterday said he was ill and was unavailable for interviews.

The public relations firm that issued the report on the UEF`s behalf said the group stands by the study and would issue a statement shortly.

Bureau Report