Even though only 10 of the 54,000 glaciers in the region have been studied regularly.
Now, according to the Telegraph, the IPCC has released new research supposedly showing that Himalayan glaciers are melting after all.
The release was apparently designed to correct the IPPC’s embarrassing “mistakes” (“lies” might be a better word) made over the past few years concerning the effects of global warming on Himalayan glaciers.
For years, the IPCC had insisted that “glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035,” an assertion that lead to the 2009 scandal known as ‘Himalayagate.’
That’s when we learned that the ill-advised warning was based on a news story in the New Scientist, which was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist.
Hasnain later admitted that the claim was “speculation” and “not supported by any formal research.” (See World misled over melting Himalayan glaciers)
Now, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, has announced that new research shows the glaciers are indeed melting.
One of the new studies supposedly found a reduction in snow cover over the region in the last decade.
A different study, a three-year project funded by Sweden, found that of 10 glaciers measured in the region all are shrinking, with a marked acceleration in loss of ice between 2002 and 2005. (I wonder why their study stopped at 2005?)
Did you notice how many glaciers their study included? Ten.
The studies admit that “more research needs to be done as only 10 of the 54,000 glaciers in the region have been studied regularly.” But Dr Pachauri apparently thinks that ten melting glaciers are enough to justify his doomsday pronouncement.
Dr Pachauri seems to be ignoring the more than 230 glaciers that are growing in the western Himalayas – including Mount Everest, K2 and Nanga Parbat.
“These are the biggest mid-latitude glaciers in the world,” says John Shroder of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. “And all of them are either holding still, or advancing.”
Not only advancing, 87 of these glaciers have surged forward since the 1960s.
I’m not so sure that we should trust Dr Pachauri.
See entire article in the Telegraph:
Thanks to Jeff Rense for this link
See also: Glaciers Growing in Western Himalayas
Glaciers in western Himalayas thickening and expanding