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The U.N. got it wrong on Himalayan glaciers -- and the proof is finally here. The authors of the U.N.’s climate policy guide were red-faced two years ago when it was revealed that they had inaccurately forecast that the Himalayan glaciers would melt completely in 25 years, vanishing by the year 2035. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and director general of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Dehli, India, ultimately issued a statement offering regret for what turned out to be a poorly vetted statement. A new report published Thursday, Feb. 9, in the science journal Nature offers the first comprehensive study of the world’s glaciers and ice caps, and one of its conclusions has shocked scientists. Using GRACE, a pair of orbiting satellites racing around the planet at an altitude of 300 miles, it comes to the eye-popping conclusion that the Himalayas have barely melted at all in the past 10 years. "The GRACE results in this region really were a surprise," said University of Colorado at Boulder physics John Wahr, who led the study. Some previous estimates of ice loss in the high Asia mountains had predicted up to 50 billion tons of melting ice annually, said Wahr, who is also a fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Instead, results from GRACE pin the estimated ice loss from those peaks -- including ranges like the Himalayas and the nearby Pamir and Tien Shan -- at only about 4 billion tons of ice annually. Bristol University glaciologist Jonathan Bamber, who was not part of the research team, told the Guardian that such a level of melting was practically insignificant. "The very unexpected result was the negligible mass loss from high mountain Asia, which is not significantly different from zero," he told the Guardian. Read more: www.foxnews.com... e_lost_no_ice_in_the_past_10_years%2C_new_study_reveals#ixzz1m5zTreqU
Originally posted by sonnny1
Going to be hard for the UN to tax the Sun,for climate change.....but Im sure they will try.
Originally posted by saint4God
expect incoming tax for their 'provided service'.
A breakdown of the data does, indeed, show huge regional variations and uncertainties about the rate of decline in ice mass across the world's largest GICs. Whereas the wider Himalayan region recorded, on average, no appreciable loss, regions such as Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica saw significant declines in ice mass. In total, the world's largest GICs lost between 443-629bn tonnes of meltwater. This is causing sea levels to rise by about 1.5mm a year on average, concluded the study, in addition to the 2mm a year caused by expansion of the warming ocean.
Originally posted by yorkshirelad
A breakdown of the data does, indeed, show huge regional variations and uncertainties about the rate of decline in ice mass across the world's largest GICs. .
It's not out of context, we're talking about Himalayan glaciers here. I didn't say there was no melting anywhere, but if you'd like to go there, to highlight (or cherry-pick, whichever term makes people happy), this sentence here from your quote, "This is causing sea levels to rise by about 1.5mm a year on average". I wouldn't sell any beachfront property just yet.
"The very unexpected result was the negligible mass loss from high mountain Asia, which is not significantly different from zero."
The melting of Himalayan glaciers caused controversy in 2009 when a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change mistakenly stated that they would disappear by 2035, instead of 2350. However, the scientist who led the new work is clear that while greater uncertainty has been discovered in Asia's highest mountains, the melting of ice caps and glaciers around the world remains a serious concern.
"Our results and those of everyone else show we are losing a huge amount of water into the oceans every year," said Prof John Wahr of the University of Colorado. "People should be just as worried about the melting of the world's ice as they were before."