The letter by W.T. Hinds in The Times on Friday cannot be permitted to stand unanswered. His inaccurate and distorted description of this year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is breathtaking.
I have no notion of his intent in describing the IPCC Report as a political document. IPCC, a body established by the United Nations, has been a driving force in asking questions and urging scientists to do the research that can answer the critical questions about the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere and its waters, which was first reported in 1979. Reports are summaries, analyses and predictions derived from thousands of scientific studies.
The IPCC is meticulous in reporting level of certainty for all data and conclusions reported. The information is collected and made available to governments (political entities) so that they may develop remedies and prepare their nations for the radical changes coming. Science, the journal of record for general science states: “The latest assessment includes plenty of highly confident statements about how humans are messing with the climate... In fact, the new report presents the consensus range (how much/how soon) with far more certainty than ever before.” The full report and the excellent summary may be found at www.ipcc.ch.
Mr. Hinds quotes a single meteorologist known for years for his stance denying the facts of the Earth’s changing climate. Highly compensated by carbon-based energy industries, Dr. Richard Lindzen’s claims that the Earth is no longer warming have been readily refuted by many. This from the National Geographic website: “‘If you take 1998 out, there is no pause,’ (Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies) said. According to NASA data, the 10 hottest years since 1880 have all happened since 1998, with 2010 being the hottest of all.”
The falsehoods repeated by Mr. Hinds and his selected mentor, Lindzen, are not simple differences of opinion. They rise to the level of psychological denial and are an invitation to dangerous willing ignorance.
W. Lorraine Watkins