May 21, 2013
Landmark U.N. Climate Report Leaked Online
Posted on Dec 14, 2012
A little-known U.S.-based climate change denier named Alec Rawls leaked an early draft of a major global warming report, claiming that a single sentence about the influence of cosmic rays on the earth’s climate “completely undercuts the main premise and the main conclusion of the full report.” Other report reviewers say he is wrong.
Rawls, who was one of 800 experts to assess the report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, uploaded the draft to a website called Stop Green Suicide. The final version was not due to be released until September 2013. Several scientists who helped write the report have confirmed that the draft is genuine.
The leaker and his fellow climate deniers interpret the sentence in question as meaning that cosmic rays could play a bigger role in the planet’s warming than man-made emissions. They herald the sentence as “game-changing.”
But scientists who wrote the report say the discussion of cosmic rays was included to argue against their effect. Moreover, scientists are now 99 percent sure that man’s emissions are responsible for warming—up from the 90 percent certainty found in the panel’s 2007 report.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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