Fed up that their research is being quoted erroneously and used for advocacy, the international scientific community has rightfully ganged up on the credibility-plagued Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
An independent review group supported by the academies of science from 100 countries has demanded that the UN-sanctioned IPCC stick to the facts, avoid policy advocacy, and come up with a conflict-of-interest policy to ensure IPCC members are not moonlighting for agenda-driven companies or organizations. With global warming advocates criticizing skeptics for being in the pockets of Big Oil, it only stands to reason that the IPCC be held to the same standard.
The science community had no choice. The IPCC's litany of exaggerations and inexcusable mistakes -- including its erroneous and unfounded assertion that Himalayan glaciers would disappear in 30 years -- undermined the science community's work and gave fodder to critics that man-made global warming is a bunch of hooey. While reaffirming that global warming is real, the majority of the scientific community could no longer risk the public's lack of confidence. Although the review body did not refute the IPCC's core assertion that the world is heating up, neither could it allow the IPCC to meander along unchallenged. It is properly demanding an overhaul of the panel.
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