Human Exceptionalism

Global Warming/Climategate: Himalayan Glaciers May Not Be Not Melting After All

Oh, this is going to have to be studiously ignored at the upcoming confab in Copenhagen.  Apparently those Himalayan glaciers that are supposedly being devastated by global warming, may actually be doing just fine, thank you very much.  From the story:

It has been reported worldwide that the Himalayan glaciers are retreating fast due to global warming. But now a report released by India’s Ministry of Environment last week claims that the picture of fast retreating glaciers is simply not accurate. The report, by a senior glaciologist called Vijay Kumar Raina, says that earlier studies based on the measurements of a handful of glaciers did not present a true account, and that in fact, India’s 10,000 plus Himalayan glaciers are not shrinking rapidly in response to climate change.

The report disputes the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) 2007 report, which stated clearly that Himalayan glaciers ‘are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035, and perhaps sooner, is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate.’

But the consensus tells us it’s true!  Ignore everything else and stick to the consensus!  (Quick! Get some smelling salts for Gore, he looks like he’s going into shock.) As for the IPCC, its minions are calling the Indians “arrogant” for daring to come to a different conclusion than it did. Arrogant?  Talk about speaking into a mirror!

But there apparently is no such thing as good news where climate change is concerned:

Growing glaciers, however, are not exactly good news. According to Hewitt, ‘Surging glaciers are dangerous because they store water. The Hunza River has declined by 20 per cent due to the advance of glaciers in the area. These glaciers are storing ice… This is a different problem and needs to be investigated’.

So, are the glaciers in danger or not?  I don’t know.  Climate and its impact are always in flux, so to say that there is “climate change” is really a meaningless term. But I think it is high time that the IPCC and all climate scientists–from both sides–opened up their raw data for a good look-see by the rest of us.  Trust is over and it is time for verify to begin.

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