Scientists discover why the glaciers are melting. It was a typo.

by editor on December 9, 2009

The glaciers are melting! The glaciers are melting!

The glaciers are melting! The glaciers are melting!

Frantic calls to save the earth echoed across the media last week after scientists announced that global warming would cause the Himalayan glaciers to vanish completely by 2035.

TreeHugger.com headlined the story, “Everest and Himalayan Glaciers Could Vanish By 2035, Imperiling a Billion People.”

CNN’s breathless account of our impending doom said, “The glaciers in the Himalayas are receding quicker than those in other parts of the world and could disappear altogether by 2035 according to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.”

We don’t mean to pick on the goodhearted people at TreeHugger.com or CNN, because similar stories ran in dozens of other major media outlets around the world.

Just one problem: the doom and gloom was all based on a simple typo. Turns out the report actually predicted that the glaciers could disappear by the year 2350, not the year 2035.

Our advice: take that Zodiac inflatable boat back to the sporting goods store and see if you can get your money back.

Because the only thing melting away what’s left of the IPCC’s credibility.

Source: Pajamas Media, TreeHugger.com, CNN.com

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AC December 9, 2009 at 9:09 am

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COULD disappear altogether by 2035 according to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.”

Words have meaning, could means that it is a possibility, maybe so maybe not.
I can make all kinds of predictions because I have a grand imagination. I’ll use all kinds of qualifier words to hedge my suppositions but do you suppose there is any money left for my wacky science theories?

welch6980 December 9, 2009 at 11:08 am

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AC “…any money left for my wacky science theories?” Only if you are a liar, or a felon, or both, or an intimate of President Obama.

AC December 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

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welch – An intimate of President Obama?

eeeewwwwww, thanks, now I need the brain bleach again!

shyam murti gupta February 2, 2010 at 2:25 am

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Is it really a typographic mistake?
One may wonder on being typing error as zero is the 8th tab from #2 in, and #3 is the next two in the key board, and on left bottom just below 1 in the NUM-LOCK of any computer.

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