But Climategate, along with more recent revelations about the not-shrinking Himalayan glaciers, have been getting prominent play in the Chinese media. On January 20, the IPCC admitted that its 2007 report, which predicted that the Himalayan glaciers would melt away as soon as 2035, was false and not supported by any real scientific data. On January 22, one of the most important newspapers in China, China Daily, reported on other mistakes in the 2007 IPCC report including:
The claim that the Himalayan glaciers were melting faster than other glaciers was inconsistent with the facts;
The claim that the total glacier area will be reduced from the current 500,000 square kilometers to 100,000 square kilometers. In fact, the total actual size of the Himalayan glaciers is only 330,000 square kilometers.
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In the wake of Climategate, Chinese climate researchers have been looking for a way forward. For the past few years, the Chinese government has been supportive of the “consensus” western position on climate change. Wanting very much to be liked and accepted internationally, China went along with the climate change predictions being put forward by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They publicly agreed with the potential dangers posed by climate change while all along making it clear that they would not accept any mandatory limits on their carbon dioxide emissions.