Seen all those suitably grave news reports and documentaries about how the Himalayan glaciers (all 15,000 of them) could melt in the next 20+ years because of climate change? Well, today's Times newspaper reports how the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which issued the original doom and gloom prophecy, is seriously considering retracting it. Seems it based the report on a story appearing in a popular science journal eight years earlier, which itself based the story on a hurried telephone conversation with an unknown scientist from Delhi who hadn't collected any actual data. One wonders, then, where he got the story from. Perhaps his nearby corner shop? ("This is very good mineral water, Professor, made from the purest Himalayan glacier melt water"). Or perhaps while unwinding at his local bingo hall? I can just imagine the sequence of calls leading to this isunderstanding...
Two fat ladies, left it too late.
Open the (flood) doors, all the fours.
All the threes, catastro-phe.
Double hockey stick, 77 (particularly apt bingo call, I think).
All the fives, no-one survives.
Or maybe he got it from his local pub while relaxing with mates. ("There was an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman trekking the Himalayas, you see...).
Quite something how these things take on a life of their own, reaching even the dizzy heights of the IPCC.
(19 Jan 2010)
Must be serious when the institutionally-"warmist" BBC highlights the issue, suitably spinned (or is it spun?) of course: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8468358.stm