Oh my God!
Published 03rd November 2009 - 27 comments - 2656 views -
No. This is not another post about Al Gore's abandonment of facts for faith or the rise in green fundamentalism. It's even more disturbing, if that were possible. Researchers led by Guido van der Werf, an earth scientist at VU University in Amsterdam, have established that the carbon dioxide emissions said to be caused by the destruction of tropical forests have been significantly overestimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). What's worse, the erroneous figure "was widely quoted after being highlighted by the Stern review on the economics of the problem. It is repeatedly used by Prince Charles and others as an incentive to push efforts to include forests in carbon trading." Uh, oh.
Could it be that the Copenhagen Summit will end up doing exactly the opposite of what its more ardent proponents expected? Inadvertently, the catalyst of COP15 is encouraging inquiring minds to examine the agenda, question the ideology and expose the "facts" to the harsh light of day. Now that the IPPC and Stern texts are being rumbled, the fallout could lead to a nasty surprise for those who thought that they had the cat in the December bag.
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