The IPCC has been beset by a number of scandals recently. The scandals show serious ethical issues, as well as low standards in their reports.
In yet another scandal - we learn they based parts of their reports on anecdotes in a magazine article !
UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article - Telegraph
In a signed letter/Der Spiegel Editorial Richard Tol (of the ESRI ), Hans von Storch and Roger Pielke both call for radical IPC reform. All 3 are believers in man-made climate change, and need to be taken very seriously.
These guys are prominent and require to be taken seriously.Opinion: Save the Panel on Climate Change! - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
The Irish Economy Blog Archive IPCC reform, now
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been heavily criticized for erroneous projections. In the following editorial, climate researchers Richard Tol, Roger Pielke and Hans von Storch call for a reform of the IPCC and the resignation of its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri.
That such a large body of work as the IPCC report would contain some errors is unavoidable. But what’s striking in this example is the sheer lack of the most basic standards of scientific review that allowed the glacier and disaster claims to be incorporated. It also illustrates that the IPCC lacks any mechanisms to correct false or contested knowledge.
The IPCC cannot continue its work without adopting strong ethical guidelines for its officials. Under normal conflict of interest rules as followed by other leading scientific advisory institutions, Mr. Pachauri would no longer be tolerable as the IPCC’s chairperson. Any proper IPCC reform would also have to include a formal mechanism to correct errors and more transparent procedures for the appointment of key personnel. Apart from adopting new rules, the IPCC won’t be able to regain its credibility without adhering to existing rules regarding the appointment of experts and the review of scientific material. What’s at stake is not just the reputation of the IPCC but the reputation of all of climate science.
I too am wholly unconvinced by the IPCC - and think major reform is needed before the body can be trusted again.
And commentators think reform is on the way:
BBC - Andrew Neil's blog: The dam is cracking
The sceptics may be about to get their first scalp. Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC chairman often wrongly described in the media as the world's leading climate scientist (he's actually a railway engineer), at first attacked those who questioned the IPCC's alarming glacier prediction as "arrogant" and believers in "voodoo science".
He's since had to retract the prediction but can't quite manage an apology -- and is now under mounting pressure in his Indian homeland to resign.
Bill Gates is calling for a radical change of thinking:
Bill Gates - What I'm Thinking - Why We Need Innovation, Not Just Insulation - The Gates Notes
Is it time to take reform seriously ?