Friday, February 10, 2012

It's Friday and I know you need a little humor to pick you up

So let's revisit those bumbling fools one more time.  The Three Stooges? No.  Laurel and Hardy? Well, no again.  Let me be more specific.  The REALLY bumbling fools.  That's right Rajendra Pachauri and his laugh a minute UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Remember the good one he through out there about the Himalayan glaciers all melting away by 2035?  I will remind you:
The IPCC report had indicated that the total area of Himalayan glaciers would shrink from 500,000 square kilometers to 100,000 square kilometers within 25 years. The study cited a 2005 report by the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental advocacy group. The WWF study cited a 1999 article in New Scientist magazine that quoted another expert, who speculated that Himalayan glaciers could disappear within forty years
Well, it turns out that the whole thing was a joke.  A big joke.  Whereas an honest to to goodness actually peer reviewed article in Nature using orbital satellites (the first truly comprehensive study of the issue) has shown no loss of ice over the past ten years.  Now, granted, this isn't based upon a report issued by an advocacy group that cites a non-peer reviewed article quoting the speculation of a third source, but I think it will probably suffice.  Oh, and by the way, all of the data is published so you and everyone else can review it and draw your conclusions.

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