The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.
The IPCC's primary job is to provide an authoritative assessment of scientific evidence on climate change.
The sky is falling! The sky is falling !
In its most recent report, [the IPCC report - a UN publication] the IPCC stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.
Warming Scientists fail their scholarly duties
However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.
The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master's degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.
The revelations, uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph, have raised fresh questions about the quality of the information contained in the report, which was published in 2007. We should not forget that this very report, used by the Al Gore's of the world to "prove" that global warming is the fault of mankind, came under criticism when it was revealed that the warming community had conspired [via secretive emails] to withhold information that could cast doubt on its conclusions concerning the viability of the warming theory, itself.
All of this comes to our attention after officials for the IPCC panel were forced earlier this month to retract inaccurate claims in the IPCC's report about the melting of Himalayan glaciers.In this case, it turns out that the panel's Himalayon conclusions came from information found in a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report and not from panel or sceintific review.
The IPCC report, which is published every six years, is used by government's worldwide to inform policy decisions that affect billions of people.
It can be revealed that the IPCC report made use of 16 non-peer reviewed WWF reports.
One claim, which stated that coral reefs near mangrove forests contained up to 25 times more fish numbers than those without mangroves nearby, quoted a feature article on the WWF website. The conclusions of the panel were not scientific in nature but anecdotal.
In fact the data contained within the WWF article originated from a paper published in 2004 in the respected journal Nature.
In another example a WWF paper on forest fires was used to illustrate the impact of reduced rainfall in the Amazon rainforest, but the data was from another Nature paper published in 1999.
In this post along, we have presented evidence of a gross failure on the part of the warming community to be either "scientific" in its conclusions or honest in its appraisals supporting their claims concerning global warming as caused by man. Geeeez.