United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has updated its findings(?) stating -- scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming.
How do they arrive at that 95% figure regarding the Greenhouse Effect, err Global Warming, err Climate Change?
The 95% is basically expert judgment, it is a negotiated figure among the authors.
I'm 1,000% sure that is bullshit and the scientific community is united in that fact.
This appears to be the procedure the IPCC uses for reaching all of its conclusions.
At a closed-door meeting in Stockholm this week, each paragraph of a document written by scientists is being projected onto large screens. Delegations from scores of nations participate in the editing: Words will be substituted, emphasis will be added, entire sentences may well be inserted or deleted.
After four days of haggling, the media will be summoned by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to a news conference on Friday where the final version of the document—known as the "Summary for Policymakers"—will be released along with a solemn announcement that "science" has spoken.
Or has it?
There have been repeated complaints about unqualified individual members and that there are "far too many politically correct appointments" involving people with "insufficient scientific competence to do anything useful."
The U.N. has charged the IPCC with weighing the evidence on climate change in an objective manner. The problem is that numerous IPCC personnel have ties to environmental groups, many of which raise funds by hyping the alleged dangers of climate change. This relationship raises a legitimate question about their objectivity.
Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC's chairman since 2002, has repeatedly said that the IPCC bases its conclusions solely on peer-reviewed source material. Yet many of the sources cited by the 3,000-page 2007 IPCC report were press releases, news clippings, discussion papers and unpublished master's and doctoral-degree theses.
This all leaves me with a big chill.