Sheepish boffins have admitted that an important report on the melting of glaciers was largely nicked from a students report on what he did on his holidays and a mountaineering magazine article which both depended on asking a man in a pub.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) hit the headlines with a warning about ice disappearing from the world’s mountain tops.
In its recent report, IPCC stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming and it claimed that two papers were the source of the information.
However one of the sources turned out to be a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on someone asking mountaineers questions in a pub.
According to the The Telegraph, 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.
This also involved interviews with very thirsty mountain guides in the Alpine watering holes.
The fact that the IPCC has been using unsubstantiated claims and sources for its warnings, sceptics have cast doubt over the validity of the IPCC and have dubbed the panel a joke.
After all there was no way that current climbers and mountain guides can give anecdotal evidence back to the 1900s.