Monday, November 15, 2010

Update: IPCC errors remain un-corrected-Sri Lanka Melting

IPCC's Press Officer Rockaya Aidara sends the following reply to our recent email:

"Thank you for your message. Please note that your first email has indeed been forwarded to Working Group 2 in August. Working Group 2 is responsible for handling such requests. Please trust that they will carefully check the scientific facts you pointed out, and will get back to you as soon as possible.
 Thank you again for drawing it to our attention.
 With kind regards"

To which we replied:
Thankyou for your response. It's a pity an acknowledgement of my earlier email was not sent in the first instance, perhaps the IPCC can undertake to alter this policy in the future, to avoid confusion. 
Given the clear nature of the errors that were initially pointed out several times by IPCC reviewers I am surprised it has taken  WGII so long to "check" the facts.  IPCC's claim that Sri Lanka is warming at 2 degrees per year is obviously a mistake that WGII authors failed to pick up on. Can you please advise when a correction is posted?

Table 10.2 currently (15/11/2010) includes the following: 

Sri Lanka 0.016°C increase per year between 1961 to 90 over entire country, 2°C increase per year in central highlands 
According to IPCC between 1961 and 1990 there was an increase of around 60°C degrees in the central highlands of Sri Lanka!

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