Climate scientists admit fresh error over data on rising sea levels
Sun, 14/02/2010 - 18:28 — Clare Swinney
From the UK Guardian: Latest embarrassment comes as key sceptic Benny Peiser backs down in row over fabricated quote.
Climate experts have been forced to admit another embarrassing error in their most recent report on the threat of climate change.
In a background note – released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last night – the UN group said its 2007 report wrongly stated that 55% of the Netherlands lies below sea level. In fact, only 26% of the country does. The figure used by the UK Guardian IPCC included all areas in the country that are prone to flooding, including land along rivers above sea level. This accounts for 29% of the Dutch countryside.
"The sea-level statistic was used for background information only, and the updated information remains consistent with the overall conclusions," the IPCC note states. Nevertheless, the admission is likely to intensify claims by sceptics that the IPCC work is riddled with sloppiness.
On the 14th of December, 2009, Alex Jones spoke with Dr Nils-Axel Morner, the former head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics Department at Stockholm University. Dr Morner is a vociferous critic of the IPCC and the notion that the global sea level is rising.