Syed Hasnain, RK Pachauri and the mystery of the non-disappearing glaciers

James Delingpole
London Telegraph
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

As my esteemed colleague Geoffrey Lean reported yesterday, the IPCC has egg all over its face thanks to its ludicrously wrong claim that the Himalayan glaciers will have disappeared by 2035, when of course what it really meant was “Er 2350, probably, though we haven’t really got a clue. We got the story from New Scientist, which heard it in a phone call with a bloke called Syed Hasnain, and we didn’t bother to check because it suited our scaremongering cause just dandily…”

What our Geoffrey missed, though, in this midst of his most dextrous and athletic reverse ferret was the most interesting bit of the story, viz the relationship between Syed Hasnain and our favourite millionaire troll impersonator Dr RK Pachauri. Luckily, the great Richard North has the full details.

North sketches in the background:

Highlighted in The Sunday Times yesterday, Dr Hasnain was the scientist responsible for claiming that the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035. This was picked up by the New Scientist and then by a 2005 WWF report, and subsequently published as a definitive claim in the IPCC’s 2007 fourth assessment report, masterminded by Dr R K Pachauri.

But, while Dr Hasnain, who was then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, has admitted that the New Scientist report was based on “speculation” and was not supported by any formal research, he is now a direct beneficiary of that speculation.

Dr Hasnain’s claim that the glaciers would disappear within forty years was picked up by the WWF…

View the original article at London Telegraph


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