Whenever anyone threatens climate science, you can bet Al Gore will be there. The former Vice President took to the New York Times this weekend, writing a heated Op-Ed piece aimed at climate change skeptics and politicians. The piece came soon after the recent UN announcement that an independent scientific board would be reviewing reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Gore, who is a huge proponent of the scientific body’s work.
The review comes after two mistakes were revealed in the 2007 IPCC report: An overestimate of how fast Himalayan glaciers would melt in a warming world and incorrect information on how far the Netherlands is below sea level. In light of the inaccuracies, the UN is putting together an independent scientific review panel to check over the IPCC’s work. The UN hopes that by reviewing the IPCC’s science, the panel’s fifth report, due out in 2014, will be as accurate as possible.
Needless to say, those two inaccuracies sent climate change skeptics into a frenzy, causing a reaction from Gore. Gore admits that science is seldom totally free from mistakes, but that the overall consensus in the scientific community remains the same: Climate change is occurring, and most of it is the result of human activities. Climate change skeptics are nit-picking these two inaccuracies and ignoring the larger picture – that the time to limit global carbon emissions is now.
Gore also took aim at politicians at home and abroad. US lawmakers have failed to produce legislation to cap carbon emissions, a crucial step to combating climate change. Gore says it well when he writes, “After all has been said and so little done, the truth about the climate crisis–inconvenient as ever–must still be faced.”