The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders...The most amusing-yet-overlooked thing about the latest admission of scientific fraud was not that it was completely made up*, nor that it was done for political rather than scientific purposes*, but that it won a Nobel Prize. If there was any doubt left that the Nobel committee** is as dead set on trashing Albert's reputation as the Vikings are on losing championships, those doubts ought to be laid to rest.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report’s chapter on Asia, said: ‘It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action."
At this rate, receipt of a Nobel prize will probably soon be followed automatically by a punitive fine or a few dozen hours of community service.
* We already knew that.
** at least this Nobel Committee. My understanding is that there are different committees for different prizes.