“Glaciergate” seems real! The IPCC will be making an announcement sometime over the next few days. The glaciers might not be disappearing for a long time yet, so that’s one less thing to worry about. For a long time I’ve been wondering why we didn’t all know far, far more about the glaciers, but maybe some in the organisation doubted the claims and did not push them until the peer-reviewed literature came to light? I don’t know.
And I for one am glad! This is a case where it seems something got into the IPCC process without being peer-reviewed. It does not kill the rest of climate science, but serious questions are going to be asked about how a non-peer reviewed paper got through.
Of course the Denialists will jump up and down with excitement and foam at the mouth that the WHOLE of climate science is now in doubt, but, um… that’s just because they can’t get their own anti-science papers published by the peer-review process isn’t it? Because they’re NOT science but anti-warming dogma funded by the fossil fuel companies. But that’s a whole other conspiracy… ain’t it? 😉
The climate scientists at Realclimate just entitled their piece on “Glacier-gate” as follows. ‘The IPCC is not infallible (shock!)’
The thing I’m glad about in the ABC news heading above? That they even recognise that the glaciers disappearing is a real doomsday scenario! But it seems in God’s goodness, we have a little more time to adjust to that happening.