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UN's Climate Report Under Fire by One of its OWN? AGAIN?

The U.N.'s controversial climate report is coming under fire -- again -- this time by one of its own scientists, who admits he can't find any evidence to support a warning about a climate-caused North African food shortage.

The statement comes from a key 2007 report to the U.N., and asserts that by 2020 yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50% in some African countries thanks to climate change.

This sort of claim should be based on hard evidence, said Robert Watson, chief scientist at Defra, the U.K.'s department for environment food and rural affairs, who chaired the IPCC from 1997 to 2002.

"Any such projection should be based on peer-reviewed literature from computer modelling of how agricultural yields would respond to climate change. I can see no such data supporting the IPCC report," he said.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:27 PM on Feb. 8, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (8)
  • The UN so so corrupt in so many ways this is no suprise.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 3:40 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Agreed.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 3:41 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • You can pick away around the edges as much as you like but it does not alter the unpalatable fact that global warming is happening, hard evidence is there and it is a threat which has to be faced.
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 3:42 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • You mean all that hard evidence that has been proven to have been altered to fit their agenda?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:19 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Janet, how is this hard evidence?


    "Any such projection should be based on peer-reviewed literature from computer modelling of how agricultural yields would respond to climate change. I can see no such data supporting the IPCC report," he said.


    The problem?  NO DATA to support the IPCC report!

    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 4:36 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Well if he believe that, then why did he say this is 2007: The question is not whether climate will change in response to human activities, but rather how much (magnitude), how fast (the rate of change) and where (regional patterns). It is also clear that climate change will, in many parts of the world, adversely affect socio-economic sectors, including water resources, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and human settlements, ecological systems (particularly forests and coral reefs), and human health (particularly diseases spread by insects), with developing countries being the most vulnerable. The good news is, however, that the majority of experts believe that significant reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions are technically feasible due to an extensive array of technologies and policy measures in the energy supply, energy demand and agricultural and forestry sectors

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 10:25 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • So was he lying then or is he lying now? Looks like Watson is becoming a band-wagoner, joining the small chorus of people who deny the facts supporting climate change.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 10:28 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:37 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

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