This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday & Wednesday.
This coming week, I’ll be releasing the results of a crowd-sourcing project involving 40+ people from 12 countries. Together we’ve examined all 18,531 references in the 2007 IPCC report and calculated the percentage that appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals.
This poll is a version of the “how many jellybeans in the jar” game. Please feel free to supply your own answer to the question: How many 2007 IPCC report references are not peer-reviewed?
Tip: When contacted by the Times of India last November, IPCC chairman Dr. Pachauri said that a discussion paper released by the Indian environment ministry was not considered legitimate research according to IPCC standards:
When asked if the discussion paper could be taken into consideration in the on-going round of scientific review by IPCC, [Pachauri] said, “IPCC studies only peer-review science. Let someone publish the data in a decent credible publication. I am sure IPCC would then accept it, otherwise we can just throw it into the dustbin.” [bold added]