The latest from the BBC brings welcome climate news—unless, that is, you’re one of those hysterical green activists who have been peddling predictions of global apocalypse. Richard Black, the BBC’s environment correspondent, reports:
Some glaciers on Asia’s Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers.A French team used satellite data to show that glaciers in part of the Karakoram range, to the west of the Himalayan region, are putting on mass.The reason is unclear, as glaciers in other parts of the Himalayas are losing mass – which also is the global trend…The response of Himalayan glaciers to global warming has been a hot topic ever since the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which contained the erroneous claim that ice from most of the region could disappear by 2035.
Remember when green high priest Rajendra Pachauri was denouncing criticism of glacial melt predictions as “voodoo science”? How could the self-appointed arbiters of settled science have been so dogmatic and so wrong? By making absolutist assertions without actual data, of course. As Black dryly explains,
Much of the region is inaccessible, and there has been a general recognition that observations need to be stepped up in order to clarify what is going on.
From his lips to climate activists’ ears.As regular readers know, VM isn’t into climate denial; we don’t quarrel with science and the preponderance of the evidence we’ve seen points to a significant warming trend. And the Himalayan glaciers that are adding ice seem to be an exception to a broader trend of glaciers in retreat.But the climate movement, alas, has a prediliction for hyping and distorting evidence even as it advances nonsensical policy proposals. Bad policy ideas plus hysterical overstatements of a good case and vituperative (and often unfounded) criticism of legitimate dissent have destroyed the credibility of the climate movement. This isn’t the fault of evil oil companies and conniving polluters. It is the fault of climate activists including, in no small part, Rajendra Pachauri himself.