Du Jour-gate flavor: Amazon

The IPCC “Flavor of the day”-gate is now the Amazon Rain Forest. What will tomorrow’s flavor be?

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James Delingpole of the Telegraph says this better than I ever could, so I’ll provide his summary here. Note that there are plenty more cases of unsubstantiated non peer reviewed references in the IPCC report, a list of which you can see here. For those wondering what “Load of porkies” means, see this.

Delingpole relays North’s analysis:

Here’s the latest development, courtesy of Dr Richard North – and it’s a cracker. It seems that, not content with having lied to us about shrinking glaciers, increasing hurricanes, and rising sea levels, the IPCC’s latest assessment report also told us a complete load of porkies about the danger posed by climate change to the Amazon rainforest.

This is to be found in Chapter 13 of the Working Group II report, the same part of the IPCC fourth assessment report in which the “Glaciergate” claims are made. There, is the startling claim that:

At first sight, the reference looks kosher enough but, following it through, one sees:

This, then appears to be another WWF report, carried out in conjunction with the IUCN – The International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The link given is no longer active, but the report is on the IUCN website here. Furthermore, the IUCN along with WWF is another advocacy group and the report is not peer-reviewed. According to IPCC rules, it should not have been used as a primary source.

It gets even better. The two expert authors of the WWF report so casually cited by the IPCC as part of its, ahem, “robust” “peer-reviewed” process weren’t even Amazon specialists. One, Dr PF Moore, is a policy analyst:

My background and experience around the world has required and developed high-level policy and analytical skills. I have a strong understanding of government administration, legislative review, analysis and inquiries generated through involvement in or management of the Australian Regional Forest Agreement process, Parliamentary and Government inquiries, Coronial inquiries and public submissions on water pricing, access and use rights and native vegetation legislation in Australia and fire and natural resources laws, regulations and policies in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa and Malaysia.

And the lead author Andy Rowell is a freelance journalist (for the Guardian, natch) and green activist:

Andy Rowell is a freelance writer and Investigative journalist with over 12 years’ experience on environmental, food, health and globalization issues. Rowell has undertaken cutting-edge investigations for, amongst others, Action on Smoking and Health, The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, IFAW, the Pan American Health Organization, Project Underground, the World Health Organization, World in Action and WWF.

But the IPCC’s shamelessness did not end there. Dr North has searched the WWF’s reports high and low but can find no evidence of a statement to support the IPCC’s claim that “40 per cent” of the Amazon is threatened by climate change. (Logging and farm expansion are a much more plausible threat).

Read Delingpole’s blog here, North’s Blog here

I recommend adding them to your blog roll. I have.

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Amabo

I believe this warrants a *facepalm*

Austin

The Amazon stayed Rainforest during the hight of the last Glaciation and during the Holocene Optimum. That was a heck of a stress. If it can survive those extremes, then it should be pretty stable!!

anna v

It is an avalanche of gates. A breach of the dike. A gate tipping point?

Mr Delingpole has been leading the charge here in the UK and has picked up several stories first posted/commented here.
I take a limbo bar bow for alerting him to a few 😀
Do add him to your blog roll – funny, spot on and fearless – also visit Gerald Warner’s blog at the Telegraph stable.
And if you want to LOL read Will Heaven – he gets merciless comments.

Amabo (12:28:47) :
“I believe this warrants a *facepalm*
Agree.
Re: the WWF alarmist scare that a warmer world will have more droughts: warmer = more evaporation…

These two are evidently among the top of the alleged 2500 “peer reviewed” scientists endorsing the IPCC AR4

Marot

Warming of Himalayan glaciers is closely linked to TERI.
Changes of forests are closely linked to IIASA where Shonali Pachauri work as Deputy Program Leader.
Follow the family.

RichieP

And given that it’s Burns Night tonight, and our PM’s a Scotsman (that’s the one who called climate sceptics “flat earthers”), this line from the poet might be appropriate for him, Pachauri, Gore and many, many others:
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,

Al Gore's Brother

It just gets better and better. The deeper the press digs the more apparent it will become that the IPCC, CRU, GISS and NCDC have hoodwinked the world. Thanks to blogs like this one and many of the others out there, the light is beginning to shine on these hoodwinkers. I want to see some video of Al Gore being pressed to answer inconvenient questions by reporters. The wheels have come off the wagon folks!

P Gosselin

Things are happening so fast I can’t keep up!!!
Maybe we ought just trickle out the scandal stories. What is there going to be left to say tomorrow?

Al Gore's Holy Hologram

A green activist who campaigned for tobacco-free kids but is backed by the stoners of the world aka Greenpeace?

Ron de Haan

I wonder what will be left from UN IPCC AR-4 when all the “gates” are in.
Probably only the paper it’s printed on!
That’s very good news for the careers of all those politicians building their policies on AR-4 and very good news for the greens and the green industrial complex that boarded the AGW train for a once in a life time ride.
You can all leave the train now. The wheels have come off and the engine has gone missing and the track has disappeared.
This ride is over so you can go home now.
And don’t tell us we didn’t warn you!

Frank K.

WWF = ACORN of Climate Science…

Chris D.

Here’s the WWF_Climate Twitter page:
http://twitter.com/WWF_Climate
They don’t seem to have gotten the memo that a warmer planet is actually good for wildlife.

Bernie

Bjorn Lomborg is looking better and better,

Winny
Jon Hutto

I don’t understand..
I thought back in the ’90s we knew why the rain forrest in Brazil had lower rain fall, from the ’60s to ’80 due to deforestation, when they were cutting it down to plant sugarcane.

Nigel S

These earlier lines seem pretty relevant to them all too.
‘Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!’

Richard Sharpe

RichieP (12:51:14) says:

And given that it’s Burns Night tonight, and our PM’s a Scotsman (that’s the one who called climate sceptics “flat earthers”), this line from the poet might be appropriate for him, Pachauri, Gore and many, many others:
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,

But perhaps the reality is:
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

For certainly, that would be the case for the rest of us.

AdderW

The CAGW fuzzy, greeny crowd are disappearing at an alarming rate

P Gosselin

The dam has broken!
Headlines at FOX
http://www.foxnews.com/

Methow Ken

When you collectively consider all the ”gate” scandals the IPCC in general and Mr. P in particular are up to their necks in over the last couple months, SURELY its past time to say ”turn out the lights, the party’s over” for that now widely discredited organization and its leader. If there was any justice the fat lady would already have sung. Won’t quite hold my breath yet, but we live in hope that the right answer will come soon; VERY soon. . . .

DirkH

A very amusing pastime, reading about the IPCC’s fantasms. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s -gate. Makes you wonder whether politicians will trust a UN body ever again (even they will have noticed by now).

James F. Evans

Follow the money…it will lead you to “their” motives everytime…

Phillip Bratby
kadaka

Al Gore’s Holy Hologram (12:54:31) :
A green activist who campaigned for tobacco-free kids but is backed by the stoners of the world aka Greenpeace?

Inhaling smoke is only good when it is “good” smoke, apparently.
AdderW (13:09:34) :
The CAGW fuzzy, greeny crowd are disappearing at an alarming rate

Time to add them to the endangered species list?

John from MN

On of my favorite made up things caused by AGW is the mass exticttion of millions of species. Even though nothing much lives in the Artic and Billions of life-forms thrive at warm equator. Or http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm
A Complete List Of Things Supposedly
Caused By Global Warming
Acne, agricultural land increase, Afghan poppies destroyed, Africa devastated, Africa in conflict, African aid threatened, African summer frost, aggressive weeds, air pressure changes, airport malaria, Agulhas current, Alaska reshaped, moves, allergy season longer, alligators in the Thames, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream end, amphibians breeding earlier (or not), anaphylactic reactions to bee stings, ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, animals shrink, Antarctic grass flourishes, Antarctic ice grows, Antarctic ice shrinks, Antarctic sea life at risk, anxiety treatment, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic ice free, Arctic ice melt faster, Arctic lakes disappear, Arctic tundra to burn, Arctic warming (not), Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty, atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased, Baghdad snow, Bahrain under water, bananas grow, barbarisation, beer shortage, beetle infestation, bet for $10,000, better beer, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billion homeless, billions face risk, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, bird loss accelerating, bird strikes, bird visitors drop, birds confused, birds decline (Wales), birds driven north, birds return early, bittern boom ends, blackbirds stop singing, blackbirds threatened, Black Hawk down, blood contaminated, blue mussels return, bluetongue, brain eating amoebae, brains shrink, bridge collapse (Minneapolis), Britain one big city, Britain Siberian, brothels struggle, brown Ireland, bubonic plague, budget increases, Buddhist temple threatened, building collapse, building season extension, bushfires, business opportunities, business risks, butterflies move north, camel deaths, cancer deaths in England, cannibalism, caterpillar biomass shift, cave paintings threatened, childhood insomnia, Cholera, circumcision in decline, cirrus disappearance, civil unrest, cloud increase, coast beauty spots lost, cockroach migration, coffee threatened, cold climate creatures survive, cold spells (Australia), cold wave (India), computer models, conferences, conflict, conflict with Russia, consumers foot the bill, coral bleaching, coral fish suffer, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow, coral reefs shrink , coral reefs twilight, cost of trillions, cougar attacks, crabgrass menace, cradle of civilisation threatened, creatures move uphill, crime increase, crocodile sex, crops devastated, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, curriculum change, cyclones (Australia), danger to kid’s health, Darfur, Dartford Warbler plague, death rate increase (US), deaths to reach 6 million, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, depression, desert advance, desert retreat, destruction of the environment, disappearance of coastal cities, disasters, diseases move from animals to humans, diseases move north, dog disease, Dolomites collapse, dozen deadly diseases, drought, ducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn belt, early marriages, early spring, earlier pollen season, Earth biodiversity crisis, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing down, Earth spins faster, Earth to explode, earth upside down, earthquakes, earthquakes redux, El Niño intensification, end of the world as we know it, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, English villages lost, equality threatened, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing, eutrophication, evolution accelerating, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (human, civilisation, logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod, ladybirds, pikas, polar bears, possums, walrus, toads, plants, salmon, trout, wild flowers, woodlice, a million species, half of all animal and plant species, mountain species, not polar bears, barrier reef, leaches, salamanders, tropical insects) experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, fading fall foliage, fainting, famine, farmers benefit, farmers go under, farm output boost, fashion disaster, fever, figurehead sacked, fir cone bonanza, fish bigger, fish catches drop, fish downsize, fish catches rise, fish deaf, fish get lost, fish head north, fish stocks at risk, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, flames stoked, flesh eating disease, flood patterns change, floods, floods of beaches and cities, flood of migrants, flood preparation for crisis, Florida economic decline, flowers in peril, food poisoning, food prices rise, food prices soar, food security threat (SA), football team migration, footpath erosion, forest decline, forest expansion, frog with extra heads, frostbite, frost damage increased, frosts, fungi fruitful, fungi invasion, games change, Garden of Eden wilts, geese decline in Hampshire, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, giant oysters invade, giant pythons invade, giant squid migrate, gingerbread houses collapse, glacial earthquakes, glacial retreat, glacial growth, glacier grows (California), glacier wrapped, global cooling, global dimming, glowing clouds, golf course to drown, golf Masters wrecked, grandstanding, grasslands wetter, Great Barrier Reef 95% dead, Great Lakes drop, great tits cope, greening of the North, Grey whales lose weight, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, haggis threatened, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, harmful algae, harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, health affected, health of children harmed, health risks, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes (Australia), heat waves, hibernation affected, hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late, HIV epidemic, homeless 50 million, hornets, high court debates, human development faces unprecedented reversal, human fertility reduced, human health risk, human race oblivion, hurricanes, hurricane reduction, hurricanes fewer, hurricanes not, hydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, ice age, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, icebergs, illness and death, inclement weather, India drowning, infrastructure failure (Canada), industry threatened, infectious diseases, inflation in China, insect explosion, insurance premium rises, Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, invasion of cats, invasion of crabgrass, invasion of herons, invasion of jellyfish, invasion of king crabs, invasion of midges, island disappears, islands sinking, itchier poison ivy, jellyfish explosion, jets fall from sky, jet stream drifts north, Kew Gardens taxed, kidney stones, killer cornflakes, killing us, kitten boom, koalas under threat, krill decline, lake and stream productivity decline, lake empties, lake shrinking and growing, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, lawsuits increase, lawsuit successful, lawyers’ income increased (surprise surprise!), lawyers want more, legionnaires’ surge, lives saved, Loch Ness monster dead, locust plagues suppressed, Lopsided Earth, lush growth in rain forests, Malaria, mammoth dung melt, mango harvest fails, Maple production advanced, Maple syrup shortage, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, Meaching (end of the world), Mediterranean rises, megacryometeors, Melanoma, Melanoma decline, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, methane runaway, melting permafrost, Middle Kingdom convulses, migration, migration difficult (birds), migratory birds huge losses, microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, minorities hit, monkeys on the move, Mont Blanc grows, monuments imperiled, moose dying, more bad air days, more research needed, mortality increased, mountain (Everest) shrinking, mountaineers fears, mountains break up, mountains green and flowering, mountains taller, mortality lower, Myanmar cyclone, narwhals at risk, National security implications, native wildlife overwhelmed, natural disasters quadruple, new islands, next ice age, NFL threatened, Nile delta damaged, noctilucent clouds, no effect in India, Northwest Passage opened, nuclear plants bloom, oaks dying, oaks move north, ocean acidification, ocean acidification faster, ocean dead zones unleashed, ocean deserts expand, ocean
waves speed up, oceans noisier, opera house to be destroyed, outdoor hockey threatened, ozone repair slowed, ozone rise, Pacific dead zone, penguin chicks frozen, personal carbon rationing, pest outbreaks, pests increase, phenology shifts, plankton blooms, plankton destabilised, plants lose protein, plants march north, plants move uphill, polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic, polar bears deaf, polar bears drowning, polar bears eating themselves, polar tours scrapped, popcorn rise, porpoise astray, profits collapse, prostitution, psychiatric illness, puffin decline, radars taken out, railroad tracks deformed, rainfall increase, rape wave, refugees, reindeer endangered, release of ancient frozen viruses, resorts disappear, rice threatened, rice yields crash, rift on Capitol Hill, rioting and nuclear war, river flow impacted, rivers raised, roads wear out, robins rampant, rocky peaks crack apart, roof of the world a desert, rooftop bars, Ross river disease, ruins ruined, Russia under pressure, salinity reduction, salinity increase, Salmonella, Salmon Decline, satellites accelerate, school closures, sea level rise, sea level rise faster, seals mating more, sewer bills rise, severe thunderstorms, sex change, sexual promiscuity, shark attacks, sharks booming, sharks moving north, sheep shrink, shop closures, short-nosed dogs endangered, shrinking ponds, shrinking shrine, ski resorts threatened, skin cancer, slow death, smaller brains, smog, snowfall increase, snowfall heavy, soaring food prices, societal collapse, soil change, songbirds change eating habits, sour grapes, space problem, spectacular orchids, spiders invade Scotland, squid aggressive giants, squid population explosion, squid tamed, squirrels reproduce earlier, stingray invasion, storms wetter, stormwater drains stressed, street crime to increase, subsidence, suicide, swordfish in the Baltic, Tabasco tragedy, taxes, tectonic plate movement, teenage drinking, terrorism, threat to peace, ticks move northward (Sweden), tides rise, tigers eat people, tomatoes rot, tornado outbreak, tourism increase, trade barriers, trade winds weakened, traffic jams, transportation threatened, tree foliage increase (UK), tree growth slowed, trees in trouble, trees less colourful, trees more colourful, trees lush, tropics expansion, tropopause raised, truffle shortage, truffles down, turtles crash, turtle feminised, turtles lay earlier, UFO sightings, UK coastal impact, UK Katrina, uprooted – 6 million, Vampire moths, Venice flooded, violin decline, volcanic eruptions, walrus pups orphaned, walrus stampede, war, war between US and Canada, wars over water, wars sparked, wars threaten billions, wasps, water bills double, water scarcity (20% of increase), water stress, weather out of its mind, weather patterns awry, Western aid cancelled out, West Nile fever, whales lose weight, whales move north, whales wiped out, wheat yields crushed in Australia, wildfires, wind shift, wind reduced, wine – harm to Australian industry, wine industry damage (California), wine industry disaster (US), wine – more English, wine – England too hot, wine -German boon, wine – no more French , wine passé (Napa), wine stronger, winters in Britain colder, winter in Britain dead, witchcraft executions, wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less, workers laid off, World at war, World War 4, World bankruptcy, World in crisis, World in flames, Yellow fever.
And all on 0.006 deg C per year!

Richard Heg

An interesting article from NYT from a year ago.
“New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests”
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/science/earth/30forest.html

Ray

IPCC AR-4 has a very strong alarmists taste giving a long lasting WWF foul breath.

David S

Wow the authors of the WWF article are not even scientists. One is a policy analyst and one is a freelance writer. Next they’ll be citing the opinion of drunks on the street. Someone in the IPCC needs to be held accountable for using this trash.

Phillip Bratby

Even the BBC is commenting on Pachauri’s woes.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8479795.stm

JonesII

I would rather worry about the USA, England and all those wild countries where silly monkey scientists abound and donkeys/politicians graze the scarce and frozen grass leaves.

DBates

The WWF should be forced to give their acronym back to the World Wresting Federation.

Chris

“I thought back in the ’90s we knew why the rain forrest in Brazil had lower rain fall, from the ’60s to ‘80 due to deforestation, when they were cutting it down to plant sugarcane.”
Yeh, to make ethanol to fuel cars to reduce CO2 emissions. The law of unintended consequences strikes again!

Phillip Bratby

Pachauri is going to be very busy explaining each of these failures of the IPCC process. The more he is seen, the more ridiculous he appears and the more untenable is his position.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks!

DirkH

“Richard Heg (13:19:07) :
An interesting article from NYT from a year ago.
“New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests”

You mean that frakkin jungle can do something else than passively whither away under humanities onslaught? Like, GROW? Similar to the ever-multiplying polar bears who just refuse to go extinct? Oh gosh why can’t just one creature play by the WWF’s rules and simply be a nice cuddly victim…

ShrNfr

There has always been something fishy about the Amazon, especially when those dolphins swim a couple hundred miles inland.

Ray

It still amazes me that it took something like those emails from the Climategate to get people looking inside the IPCC report and find all those “errors”. I use the word “error” very loosely for the lack of a better word like lies, distortions, BS, baloney, exaggeration, misrepresentation, slant, perversion, etc…

Steve Goddard

Curious that Gavin, Tamino, Romm and other IPCC insiders spend most of their life blogging, but never had enough time to tell us about the incredibly lousy job the IPCC was doing.

JonesII

I wonder if their real interest is the fact that under those trees flourish thousands of cocaine laboratories, their favourite drug they inhale to get the inspiration for new end of the world phantasies or to concoct new scientific “peer reviewed” papers.

WAY to soon to declare IPCC alarmism dead. The debate involves 5 kinds of people:
humans are evil and destroying the planet and global warming is real 1%
the science says global warming is human caused/influenced 1%
the science says not so much warming and not so much human influence 1%
humans are insignificant and so nothing we do matters 1%
and….
I think I might have seen an article or heard something I wasn’t paying much attention where do you want to go for beers after work? 96%
I’ve been following a couple of warmist blogs and the difference in attitude is amazing. denialists are grasping at straws… its a report with hundreds of pages citing thousands of pages of research, OF COURSE there are mistakes… just because it was not peer reviewed doesn’t mean its wrong…

Atomic Hairdryer

Cut back the forests, find a civilisation that pre-existed Al Gore-
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/05/amazon-dorado-satellite-discovery
What’s the problem again?

Henry chance

George Soros could hire him. He has hired several others losers. Soros hired green jobs czar Van Jones.

SandyInDerby

But perhaps the reality is:
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
More to the point.
Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e’e.
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear!
Let’s hope there is a lot of guessing and fearing in Downing Street and at CRU.

AdderW

kadaka (13:17:35) :
Al Gore’s Holy Hologram (12:54:31) :
A green activist who campaigned for tobacco-free kids but is backed by the stoners of the world aka Greenpeace?
Inhaling smoke is only good when it is “good” smoke, apparently.
AdderW (13:09:34) :
The CAGW fuzzy, greeny crowd are disappearing at an alarming rate
Time to add them to the endangered species list?

Good call 🙂
and report to WWF… or maybe not

wayne

This must be why the IPCC/Algore’s “scientist’s” names are not recognized by the real scientists in their given field.

JohnH

Well first comes the denial, this is the latest one on the ‘More Natural Disasters’, and then will come the half hearted apology
In a separate development, a report in the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper said the IPCC faced “new controversy for wrongly linking global warming to an increase in the number and severity of natural disasters”, in its 2007 milestone report.
However, the IPCC issued a statement that said the story was “misleading and baseless”.
Digging holes

eb

Would this error be classified as minimal or non-existent by Pachauri?

Myths to explain myths are just junk. Beware ANY pronouncements you might read about the Amazon “wilderness.” Because it isn’t and hasn’t been for millennia.
Also, beware BINGOs, quangos, sham wowsers, and other scam artists.

ShrNfr

@kadaka but Bill Clinton didn’t inhale. It was hysterical, there was one of these friday news hour roundtables back in the 90s. Somehow they got around to the “didn’t inhale” remark. One of the guys who was from Britain chips up and says (paraphrased) “Yeah, he didn’t, he tried but he couldn’t. I was there.” Everyone else on the panel does a double take and then asks him about it. Turns out that they were at somebody’s apartment in London doing the hash thing. When it gets to Bill’s turn, he takes a big drag and then immediately has to blow it out because it made his allergies so bad he basically started to have an asthma attack. So, he did not inhale, he tried hard, but he never pulled it off. Lesson to be learned, lawyers say what they say, no more, no less.