Good grief. They just keep on coming. Amazing what a difference it makes when professional journalists actually start doing their job properly! And interesting in as much as Jonathan Leake was, up until recently, a fully committed alarmist on climate matters.
Also, it seems we yet again have an example of the IPCC 'sexing up' its reports for political purposes.
From Watts Up With That?:
6 02 2010
Scientist says IPCC claims about African rainfall reductions due to global warming have no supporting data.
A LEADING British government scientist has warned the United Nations’ climate panel to tackle its blunders or lose all credibility.
Robert Watson, chief scientist at Defra, the environment ministry, who chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2002, was speaking after more potential inaccuracies emerged in the IPCC’s 2007 benchmark report on global warming.
The most important is a claim that global warming could cut rain-fed north African crop production by up to 50% by 2020, a remarkably short time for such a dramatic change. The claim has been quoted in speeches by Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC chairman, and by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general.
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