IPCC's WWF-gate

“At its heart, the Himalayan glacier scandal that has recently shaken the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) involves a document created by the WWF.

The WWF is an activist organization. Much of its funding comes from public donations. The more successful the WWF is at persuading the public that there’s a crisis, the more likely people are to give it money. (In North America, WWF stands for World Wildlife Fund. Elsewhere, it stands for World Wide Fund for Nature.) …

The IPCC, on the other hand, describes itself as “a scientific body” that provides “the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change” by assessing “the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information.” [bold added]

Many people would consider it improper for a science-focused organization to rely on a document created by an oil company, since the oil company can’t be counted on to provide the whole story. Surely, therefore, it is equally improper for the IPCC to consider a statement to be true solely because an activist group says it is.  …

But that is not how the IPCC behaves. AR4 is the shorthand name for the 2007 Nobel-winning IPCC report. When one types “WWF” into an AR4 search box dozens of references are returned.  …

All told, an extensive list of documents created or co-authored by the WWF is cited by this Nobel-winning IPCC report:  [list here]

I’ve only spent a few hours tracking these down, so there may be more.

I haven’t yet fully explored the Greenpeace citations, but two occur in the first paragraph on this page.  …

This, apparently, is how you win a Nobel prize.”  “More dodgy citations in the Nobel-winning IPCC report

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