Thursday, September 30, 2010

Czech members of IPCC demand deep reforms

Mr Vítězslav Kremlík, the climate skeptic and blogger at, was invited to the proceedings of the Czech segment of the IPCC meant to prepare a unified Czech stance for the upcoming 32nd plenary session of the IPCC in South Korea (October 11th-14th in Busan).
Kremlík's report (autom. transl. from Czech)
It turned out that the Czech IPCC folks, usually considered to be generic fearmongers (it may be our fault: we sometimes demonize all IPCC members and create the impression that all of them are hardcore power-thirsty lunatics just like Pachauri), are just compatible with the skeptical viewpoint. All the participants agreed that
  1. Rajendra Pachauri has to resign or be resigned
  2. The reforms recommended by the IAC panel should be implemented right now, for the fifth report - rather than in 5 years or so
  3. The nominations from May 2010 should be canceled; new nominations respecting the IAC recommendations should replace them
  4. Politicians' interventions to the scientific work should be minimized as much as possible
  5. The fifth report (AR5) shouldn't be another variation of the old theme; instead, it should represent an audit of the climatology studied by 2010: it should check the graphs, re-evaluate the scores quantifying the uncertainty of the findings, and separate previous claims to correct ones, exaggerated ones, and completely wrong ones
Mr Kremlík had a feeling that he was attending a party of fellow skeptics and was puzzled where the sudden skepticism came from.

However, everyone agreed that because the Czech Republic only manages one vote, it is unlikely that these desirable wishes are going to be accepted in Korea. After all, the participants agreed, carps are unlikely to sew their own pond. So it also seems likely that no climate skeptics will be invited to Korea (unlike the meeting in Prague). At the global level, the blockade continues.

Nevertheless, I encourage all readers who can contact their national representatives in the IPCC to show them what's going on in the Czech Republic - and maybe elsewhere - and prepare them so that there is a somewhat higher probability that a substantial progress will be achieved in Korea.

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