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Why should we trust them when their supposed scientific facts are actually based on speculation?

An influential United Nations panel is facing growing criticism about its practices after acknowledging doubts about a 2007 statement that Himalayan glaciers were retreating faster than those anywhere else and would entirely disappear by 2035, if not sooner.

Earlier this month, Dr. Hasnain said in another New Scientist article that his previous assertions were based on "speculation," rather than firm science. Dr. Hasnain, a senior fellow at the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, couldn't be reached for comment.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703626604575011413983416060.html

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:35 PM on Jan. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • What bothers me most about that "mistake" is that it wasn't even based on data - they included that in their report based on a quote from an interview in a magazine article. They didn't even interview him directly, but took a secondary source at its word. And this wasn't just some journalist piece, this was supposed to be serious scientific/academic research.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:40 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • Simple answer. You don't.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 8:40 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • GW is a big, fat farce based entirely on speculation. You gotta wonder about those who continue to "BELIEVE".

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • Interesting article. Makes you wonder about how many other facts are "make-believe". Gore certainly had his share in Copenhagen, his own scientist basically called him a liar.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:00 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • You may find this interesting too. http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/81583352.html
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:34 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • What Mancos said... :)
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 9:56 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • the law of gravity isn't actually a law but a theory. Almost ALL science is specilation and theory. Use your own discretion and research to decide what to believe. Personally I believe in gravity, still undecided on global warming.
    mommy_lisa25

    Answer by mommy_lisa25 at 1:48 AM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • Every decision is made on weighing probabilities. If we were only allowed to make decisions based on scientific "fact", no decisions would ever be made. We do the best we can. Sometimes we make mistakes. We need to realize that is true of ALL people, including scientists, politicians, etc. Unfortunately, things like honor and integrity don't have much meaning in our world today. Even among religious people. Fearmongering and verbal stonings seem to be how we make major decisions in this world. It's a sad state of affairs indeed.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:51 AM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • AH, but GW scientists don't say it's SPECULATION, they state it is FACT. They give absolutes. Mistakes are hidden or brushed under the rug. We see that over and over again.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:48 AM on Jan. 20, 2010