Global warming study gets external, independent review

A group that has no ties to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be conducting a sweeping investigation into the group’s research methodology, report findings, and negative allegations against them in a bid to gain back a sense of confidence and urgency among the population.

The InterAcademy Council (IAC), which is comprised of presidents from over a dozen of the top science academies in the world, said it will execute “a comprehensive, independent review of the IPCC’s procedures and processes” after numerous claims have been made about the methods behind obtaining the data and the actual data itself.

The number of global warming skeptics has risen dramatically over the last year, thanks to a records-shattering cold and snowy winter season, highly publicized problems with research findings, and a lessening of immediate concern among the American public.

A newly-released Gallup poll now shows that 48% of Americans believe that global warming concerns are exaggerated. That’s the highest that skepticism number has been since Gallup first asked the question in 1997 (back then, only 31% felt the claims were exaggerated) … and 19% now think that the effects of global warming will never happen. That’s up from only 9% when Gallup first polled Americans on that question.

“It is critically important that the science that we bring into our reports and that we disseminate on a large scale is accepted by communities across the globe,” the IPCC said in a recent AFP story.