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Wall Street Journal (February 16)

2010/ 02/ 16 by jd in Global News

The bible of global warming is now creating global doubt. Three years after publication, the 3,000-page report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is being called into question as errors come to light. Some errors involve distortion. Some involve the use of research from activist environmental groups, such as the claim Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035. The U.N. now admits this claim is incorrect by several hundred years. Other errors just amount to sloppiness, such as claiming 55% of Holland is below sea level when it’s actually 26%. All of this leads the WSJ to conclude, “we are discovering the U.N. reports are sloppy political documents intended to drive the climate lobby’s regulatory agenda.”

Not everyone reaches the same conclusion. Writing the same day, the Chicago Tribune points out “the climate skeptics have poked some holes in the science and exposed the apparently unethical behavior of a few top scientists. They’ve found some disturbing mistakes in the panel’s report…. None of this disproves the essential conclusion that the planet is warming, and there’s still strong evidence that it is driven by human activity.”

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