Today is no different. You should note that the Braintrust has yet to address the report from NOAA establishing that the science of climate change is "undeniable."
Keep that in mind as you read an editorial that begins with:
An independent group's recommendations might improve the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) process. But the real test is whether the next IPCC report's conclusions reflect genuine science, not blame-mankind extremism.And ends with:
The 12-member group was chosen by the Amsterdam-based InterAcademy Council. The recommendations seek to bolster IPCC's credibility, justifiability diminished by errors in its 2007 report and the Climategate e-mails showing data irregularities.
Yet when it comes to substance, the group is brimful of alarmist Kool-Aid, saying humanity "very likely" is to blame for climate change. Until the IPCC takes that as a hypothesis to be evaluated objectively via the uncorrupted scientific method -- not as the foregone conclusion its "science" must support -- real reform won't occur. [italics in original]So what's the subtext of the Trib's message here? First that the IPCC report does NOT reflect "genuine science" (or else there'd be no need for a change). Second, the IPCC's credibility was diminished by "errors" such as the Climategate e-mails (even though those emails did not show data irregularities) and third that the science of the 2007 IPCC report is the product of a corrupted scientific process.
Now, what does the IAC report say? Let's check their own press release. It begins with this:
The process used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce its periodic assessment reports has been successful overall, but IPCC needs to fundamentally reform its management structure and strengthen its procedures to handle ever larger and increasingly complex climate assessments as well as the more intense public scrutiny coming from a world grappling with how best to respond to climate change, says a new report from the InterAcademy Council (IAC), an Amsterdam-based organization of the world’s science academies.And on those errors:
Given that the IAC report was prompted in part by the revelation of errors in the last assessment, the committee examined IPCC’s review process as well. It concluded that the process is thorough, but stronger enforcement of existing IPCC review procedures could minimize the number of errors. To that end, IPCC should encourage review editors to fully exercise their authority to ensure that all review comments are adequately considered. Review editors should also ensure that genuine controversies are reflected in the report and be satisfied that due consideration was given to properly documented alternative views. Lead authors should explicitly document that the full range of thoughtful scientific views has been considered.But it's the last rhetorical gesture of the braintrust that most fully shows their hand.
The use of so-called gray literature from unpublished or non-peer-reviewed sources has been controversial, although often such sources of information and data are relevant and appropriate for inclusion in the assessment reports. Problems occur because authors do not follow IPCC’s guidelines for evaluating such sources and because the guidelines themselves are too vague, the committee said. It recommended that these guidelines be made more specific — including adding guidelines on what types of literature are unacceptable — and strictly enforced to ensure that unpublished and non-peer-reviewed literature is appropriately flagged.
They still insist that climate change is a "hypothesis" that has yet to be evaluated in spite of all the real science showing otherwise. Did I mention NOAA saying it was "undeniable"? Has the Trib even mentioned that yet?
See? Sillier and sillier, they get.