Thanks, UN, for Shrinking My Carbon Footprint by 25%

The latest iteration on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on global warming it being eagerly awaited. While we bide our time, however, the leaks have begun. According to the Telegraph, it contains some bad news for the alarmist crowd:

Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there can be little doubt that humans are responsible for warming the planet, but the organisation has reduced its overall estimate of this effect by 25 per cent.

So this means past predictions were flawed and overstated, right?

Scientists insist that the lower estimates for sea levels and the human impact on global warming are simply a refinement due to better data on how climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming.

Well, technically, yes, but that’s still significant. If the weather service predicts it’s going to be 90 degrees tomorrow and then tomorrow says ‘Oh wait, we were wrong, it’s only going to be 70 degrees,’ they were still wrong. Sure it was always only going to be 70 degrees – it’s not like their corrected prediction changed anything in the atmosphere, but the fact that they got it wrong initially is still a relevant fact when evaluating future claims.