Friday, January 22, 2010

Himalayan Glaciers Stickin’ Around a Lil’ Longer

I find it interesting that after blogging a couple days ago about the creation of the Himalayan Mountain chain; a story hit the news about Himalayan glaciers.

Apparently some leaders on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made a boo-boo when they said Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035. A poorly substantiated claim that also misstates the total land area covered by these glaciers, was considered “extremely embarrassing and damaging." Uhmm duh, of course it was -- in a time when a majority of people across the globe don’t believe in global warming or think it’s a hoax; you just can’t make these mistakes!

A professor from the University of Arizona who is also a subject matter expert on the issue said the IPCC had such a stellar reputation that people view it as an authority -- as indeed they should -- and so they see a bullet that says Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035 and they take that as a fact.

Well, after reading more into the subject this morning it seems there is some blame game back-and-forth going on. Who wrote this? Who reviewed it? Who sent it? Blah, blah blah… who cares?

Fact! The Himalayan glaciers are reportedly going to be around for 15 more years, estimated to disappear by 2350, not 2035.

So enjoy them… I guess!?!?