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IPCC errors show bias, according to Bob Watson

February 16, 2010

Check out this interview with Bob Watson (former IPCC chair). Rather than downplay the significance of IPCC errors, Watson points out an apparent bias toward climate alarmism:

In an interview with The Times Robert Watson said that all the errors exposed so far in the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) resulted in overstatements of the severity of the problem.

Professor Watson, currently chief scientific adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said that if the errors had just been innocent mistakes, as has been claimed by the current chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, some would probably have understated the impact of climate change.

It’s surprising that a former IPCC chair, who invested a large portion of his career in building up that institution, is so critical – far more than Real Climate, which I wrote about yesterday. Even more surprising is this assertion of bias. Right now there is an army of eager detractors combing the IPCC 4th Assessment looking for errors that overstate warming. And there’s nothing wrong with this activity at all. But who is looking for the understatements? ‘Til now, probably not so many. That alone may explain the appearance of bias, but as Watson says, it’s worth looking into.

Also interesting is that Watson is following up on an idea from a previous comment on this blog:

Professor Watson has held discussions with Al Gore, the former US Vice-President, about creating a new climate research group to supplement the work of the IPCC and to help restore the credibility of climate science.

He said that the scheme to create what he called a “Wikipedia for climate change” was at an early stage but the intention was to establish an online network of climate science research available to anyone with access to the internet and subject to permanent peer review by other scientists.

Nice to see that someone of this caliber is paying attention to our little discussion here… 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rogerthesurf permalink
    February 16, 2010 1:01 pm

    There might be global warming or cooling but the important issue is whether we, as a human race, can do anything about it.

    There are a host of porkies and not very much truth barraging us everyday so its difficult to know what to believe.

    I think I have simplified the issue in an entertaining way on my blog which includes some issues connected with climategate and “embarrassing” evidence.

    In the pipeline is an analysis of the economic effects of the proposed emission reductions. Watch this space or should I say Blog

    Please feel welcome to visit and leave a comment.




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