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article imageGore's Warming Doesn't Add Up

By Michael Bearak     Dec 15, 2009 in Environment
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore found himself providing the Copenhagen climate change summit with outdated and possibly even false statistics.
It is unclear as to exactly when Former Vice President Al Gore got the information delivered but after uttering the words fro his mouth,"These figures are fresh. Some models suggest to Dr. Maslowski that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years."
The problem that Gore ran into was that Dr. Maslowski could not and would not confirm such a statistic, "It's unclear to me how this figure was arrived at, I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this."
That sent the Gore camp back-peddling as his office later admitted that the figure used was a ballpark given by Dr. Maslowski in a conversation with Mr. Gore a number of years back.
This mistake of Gore's just cast another shadow over the conference that already opened up under the cloud of data manipulation by scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit. There it appears that scientists manipulated data to bolster their position that global warming is a result of human activity.
Overall Mr. Gore found himself in the middle of a firestorm as his speech was criticised by the science community. Professor Jim Overland, a leading oceanographer stated, This is an exaggeration that opens the science up to criticism from sceptics. You really don't need to exaggerate the changes in the Arctic"
Many people at the conference believe that Dr. Maslowski's projection, if quoted correctly, was the extreme end of the spectrum. A more realistic agreement would be a timetable in the range of 20-30 years for the near-disappearance of sea ice.
University of Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams stated, "Maslowski's work is very well respected, but he's a bit out on a limb." Wadhams is a specialist in ocean physics at Cambridge.
Dr. Maslowski stated that his latest work produced results that give a six-year projection for the melting of 80 percent of the ice. He added, "I was very explicit that we were talking about near-ice-free conditions and not completely ice-free conditions in the northern ocean." Dr. Maslowski continued, "It's unclear to me how this figure was arrived at, based on the information I provided to Al Gore's office."
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