Climate Scandal of the Day: Claims About the Disappearing Amazon Rain Forest

January 25, 2010

The news for the global warming movement just keeps getting worse. Yesterday, I discussed two scandals from last week and other troubling recent revelations regarding the credibility of the UN’s IPCC report and the global warming movement.

Today, the Telegraph provides details on another claim by the IPCC that doesn’t meet the standard of peer-reviewed science. Here is the IPCC claim about the threat that portions of the Amazon rain forest could rapidly vanish:

The paper cited was published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and can be found here. The authors, Andy Rowell and P.F. Moore, turn out to be a freelance journalist and a policy analyst.

It gets worse. The Telegraph reports:

But the IPCC’s shamelessness did not end there. Dr North has searched the WWF’s reports high and low but can find no evidence of a statement to support the IPCC’s claim that “40 per cent” of the Amazon is threatened by climate change. (Logging and farm expansion are a much more plausible threat).

Watts Up with That? reports that this is not just another isolated incident and finds dozens of WWF papers that were used to support claims in the IPCC report.

…it turns out that the WWF is cited all over the IPCC AR4 report, and as you know, WWF does not produce peer reviewed science, they produce opinion papers in line with their vision. Yet IPCC’s rules are such that they are supposed to rely on peer reviewed science only. It appears they’ve violated that rule dozens of times…

The IPCC and Al Gore won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace for their work. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism for a recall.

Climategate has resulted in more scrutiny of the IPCC reports and global warming claims in general. However, this information was available before Climategate and the fact that journalists did not pick through the IPCC reports prior to Climategate demonstrates the bias or naive acceptance of global warming claims by much of the media.

What else will we find if journalists continue to go back to look at the scientific basis of the last decade or two of global warming claims?

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