Mr Miliband told the BBC it would be "profoundly irresponsible" to use one "mistake" as an excuse not to act.Of course, I only read about it in the scorn here.
He added it did not "undermine decades of climate research" and the "majority of scientists say that".
I gotta say though, Ed is right, but the bar should be set higher. Maybe a better level would be to use ten mistakes as an excuse not to act on climate change or maybe more. The thing is, he didn't pin down how many mistakes would be the threshold to stop action. Without some kind of level, you're just acting on faith, and that way leads to religious fanaticism, lets try not to.
So. Let's go for ten mistakes:
- The IPCC AR4 reports mentions the factoid behind Glaciergate thing twice, so it counts as two mistakes
- Amazongate is a third mistake, but leading on from it we discover that non-peer reviewed papers from the WWF were used sixteen times in the IPCC report and by their own rules they were supposed to only use peer reviewed sources
Before I go on, I need to defend -gates. Some quarters of the blogosphere that I read are beginning to tire of any kind of scandal or controversy having the -gate suffix. I did briefly agree, its a snowclone, but then had second thoughts. In the internet age, events and news stories need one word names, it helps with google searching, its a tag. Its an evolution of language, and a subtle and functional one too.
Maybe ten climate change inaction excuses was a bit low, and a twenty should be the level.
- The Hockey Stick graph from the front page of AR4 has been disproved, so that's mistake nineteen
- NASA changing its entire temp dataset counts as one mistake ( or maybe a thousand if you include each datum changed
- The Stern report who's tables and data is being changed and modified years after it was originally published that's has got to count as a mistake too
- The recent discovery that in IPCC AR4 the percentage of the Netherlands below sea level and GDP generated therein was incorrect.
- The Chinese Urban Heat Island controversy
- The losses from disasters increasing due to climate change or not
- The Antarctic Boot Cleaning Manual controversy
- The mysterious 1.3 billion agriculture employees factoid