News flash: Himalayan glaciers, polar bears aren’t going anywhere 

After insisting that thousands of leaked emails from East Anglia University’s Climate Research Unit wouldn’t derail attempts to force industrialized nations to sharply curtail their energy use “to save the planet,” it turns out that global warming believers are as bad at predicting political reactions as they are at predicting the weather.

In the wake of the Climategate scandal, attempts to ratify a legally binding climate change treaty at December’s climate summit in Copenhagen fizzled. Now the United Nation’s senior climate change official says that the first deadline -  the end of January - to begin substantial greenhouse gas reductions has largely been abandoned.B (

Even more astounding, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted that a prediction in its 2007 landmark report that “glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high” was just, well, a lot of hot air. 

The IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report based its Himalayan glacier prediction on a single interview in 1999 with Indian glaciologist Syed Hasnain, who later denied making any such specific forecast. “I have never written 2035 in any of my research papers or reports,” Professor Hasnain told the UK Times. (

The IPCC has now officially admitted its error.

“The chair, vice-chairs and co-chairs of the IPCC regret the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures,” the U.N. panel said in a terse statement apologizing for the “poorly substantiated” prediction in a report that won it a Nobel Peace Prize.

In related news, Gabriel Nirlungayuk, the director of wildlife for Nunavut Tuungavik Inc. in Canada, reports that there are so many polar bears west of Hudson Bay that the townspeople must continually be on the outlook, and often invite hunters to accompany them when they engage in outdoor activities. “Now people can look out the window and see as many as 20 polar bears at the ice-flow edge,” he said.

Global warming skeptics point out that Nirlungayuk’s on-the-ground observations of a polar bear population boom are contrary to the U.S. Geologic Survey’s prediction that the white bears would be extinct by 2030.

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