Some Fun with IPCC Texts

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein

I’ve already written about the epic moment, when IPCC apparently recognized that most of the recent warming had been due to the natural variability. Instead of telling that to the world, IPCC has just altered the definition of climate change in its Third Assessment Report (TAR, 2001) to include natural variability and changes in solar activity, and proceeded as if nothing happened. This point should have marked the end of climate alarmism. Instead, it became a new beginning.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We should occasionally have fun by ridiculing selected passages from IPCC texts. Let’s look at some of its self-serving terms and definitions. For example, IPCC AR5 WG1, Summary for Policymakers, defines the equilibrium climate sensitivity as:

“The equilibrium climate sensitivity quantifies the response of the climate system to constant radiative forcing on multicentury time scales…

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