German Government Falsified Key IPCC Statement In The Translation Of “IPCC Summary Report To Policy Makers”!

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If you’re in government and don’t like the findings of the IPCC reports, then just change them! This is what the German government appears to have done recently.
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The Falsification of IPCC Summary Reports by the German Government

By Prof. Dr. Horst-Joachim Lüdecke
(German text translated/edited by P Gosselin)
Was it sloppiness or intent? In the IPCC Summary Report for Policymakers published by the Federal Government in German, the most important statement of the original English report was falsified.

IPCC reports are available as comprehensive status reports and get strongly condensed as reports for policymakers. The latter are not to be taken as IPCC-authorized extracts as the governments concerned are allowed contribute in the writing. As a result, information or formulations from the English IPCC original which do not agree with German politics are often omitted in the German IPCC reports for policymakers. This is popularly called censorship. As a result of such falsifications, the status reports and the corresponding reports for policymakers are often contradiction.

Key finding deleted from Summary for Policymakers

One example in the past was the famous Chapter 2.6 of the AR5 Report, in which the IPCC explained in detail that no increase in extreme weather events could be found in climate periods (about 30 years) from 1950 onwards (beginning of more extensive measurements and statistics). EIKE reported on this. But in the accompanying German IPCC report for policymakers, this IPCC finding, which is hardly trivial, was nowhere to be seen.

German policymakers make up a new fact

And now it’s happened once again. The original IPCC Summary Report for Policymakers in English (here) states on page 6 under A.1 in the important core statement on the presumed influence of humans on climate development, whereby we have marked the decisive point “estimated” in bold:

Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C.”

But in the German language IPCC Report for Policymakers (here) that sentence suddenly becomes:

Human activities have caused about 1.0°C global warming compared to pre-industrial levels, with a probable range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C.”

The Federal Environment Agency, proClim of Switzerland, the Federal Environment Agency of Switzerland, etc., etc. casually turned an estimate into a fact. Listed below are some of the countless people who could be responsible for the incorrect translation from English into the German. Were they all asleep?

— Quote from the German language IPCC Report for Policymakers:

German Translation. The present translation is not an official translation by the IPCC. It was prepared with the aim of reproducing as accurately as possible the language used in the original text. Published by: Deutsche IPCC-Koordinierungsstelle [German IPCC Coordination Office], DLR Projektträgerwww.de-ipcc.de, de-ipcc@dlr.de Umweltbundesamt GmbH www.umweltbundesamt.at, publikationen@umweltbundesamt.atProClim, Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz. www.proclim.ch, proclim@scnat.ch Translation: A.C.T. Fachübersetzungen GmbH in cooperation with Carola Best, Paul Bowyer, Sabine Fuss, Gerrit Hansen, Daniela Jacob, Elmar Kriegler, Katja Mintenbeck, Urs Neu, Maike Nikolai, Juliane Petersen, Jan Petzold, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Klaus Radunsky, Nora WeyerLayout: CD Werbeagentur GmbHCofinancing: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (FOEN)Austrian Federal Environment Agency.”

A highly unlikely translation error can be ruled out because the falsification happened after the already published German Report which had the correct wording. A resourceful and knowledgeable EIKE reader researched and found that the initially correct German translation can still be found on the web server of the Protestant Regional Church (here). To do this, enter the title “IPCC-Sonderbericht über 1,5 °C globale Erwärmung” in “EKIBA from A to Z”. Here you will find the pdf and the old correct translation (highlighted in red).

From the web server of the Protestant Regional Church dated May 25, 2019, 6:58 p.m.:

A1. Menschliche Aktivitäten haben Schätzungen zufolge etwa 1,0 °C globale Erwärmung über vorindustrielle Werte verursacht,
mit einer wahrscheinlichen Bandbreite von 0,8 °C bis 1,2 °C.

In English:

A1. Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C.

That is: the original German text, which was originally correctly translated into the German.

The subsequent falsification of the original apparently took place between February and May 2019. It cannot be ruled out that further formulations were also amended. But who has the time to investigate such possible malicious manipulations in detail?

In France it is common to notice malicious smiles when it comes to bad estimations – such as those that might arise during the subsequent “corrections of an original translation error”. As the French say: “Evil (or shame) be to him that evil thinks.”

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11 responses to “German Government Falsified Key IPCC Statement In The Translation Of “IPCC Summary Report To Policy Makers”!”

  1. Petit_Barde

    If the data don’t fit your theory, fit the data.

    In policy driven climate pseudo-science, this applies also to words and sentences.

    The climate “clown show” (I should say “extortion”) must go on !

  2. Curious George

    German language is very precise. There is no room for “estimates”.

  3. John F. Hultquist

    Would a translation of a document for a government agency necessarily be done by a person with an interest in the topic? Might there be a translation section of a generalist nature, let’s call it the Translation Section (TS). When a document is acquired in English it might be sent over to the TS folks, where the new mother is more interested in “baby things” than the nuances of the climate controversies.
    Hanlon’s Razor– Do not assume malice when incompetence will suffice. Disinterest might replace incompetence.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon's_razor

    1. dennisambler

      No incompetence here, people who know exactly what they are doing

      Sabine Fuss, Mercator, Edenhofer’s second string outfit
      https://www.mcc-berlin.net/en/about/team/fuss-sabine.html

      Paul Bowyer
      https://www.gerics.de/about/team/062421/index.php.en
      The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) was initiated by the German Federal Government in 2009 as a fundamental part of the German hightech-strategy for climate protection.

      Daniela Jacob
      https://www.climate-service-center.de/about/team/062489/index.php.en

      Juliane Petersen
      https://www.gerics.de/about/team/073773/index.php.en

      Gerrit Hansen
      https://www.pik-potsdam.de/members/hansen/home

      Elmar Kriegler
      https://www.pik-potsdam.de/members/kriegler

      Katja Mintenbeck
      https://www.ipcc.ch/people/katja-mintenbeck/
      Working Group II Technical Support Unit in Bremen

      Urs Neu
      http://4dweb.proclim.ch/4dcgi/proclim/en/Detail_Person?28435
      ProClim, initiated in 1988, is part of the Platform Science and Policy (SAP) of the Swiss Academies of Sciences (SCNAT)

      Maike Nicolai – Communications Officer IPCC
      https://www.ipcc.ch/people/maike-nicolai/

      Jan Petzold Alfred Wegener Institute
      https://www.awi.de/ueber-uns/organisation/mitarbeiter/jan-petzold.html

      Hans-Otto Poertner Alfred Wegener Institute, Co-Chair, Working Group II IPCC
      https://www.awi.de/ueber-uns/organisation/mitarbeiter/hans-otto-poertner.html

      Klaus Radunsky Austria Environment Agency
      https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Klaus_Radunsky

      Nora Weyer
      https://www.ipcc.ch/people/nora-weyer/
      Science Officer at the Working Group II Technical Support Unit in Bremen

      1. Yonason

        That’s a whole lot of obsession you have listed there, d.a.

        And, as we see from the behavior of the American Left, obsession with advancing a malicious agenda is never disinterested. Also, while they are incompetent in many areas, remaining deceitfully ‘on message’ is the rule rather than the exception. Finally, in my experience, assuming malice in the case of those who have consistently shown themselves to be malicious should always be the default position.

    2. Yonason

      Hanlon’s Razor doesn’t always apply, John, as I elaborate in my comment to dennisambler.

      While it’s a good first assumption when dealing with an unknown entity, it can be set aside once you realize there is an agenda, and that the presumed innocent behavior is consistent with the known malicious intent of that agenda. As you know, the watermelon greenie agenda is nothing if not malicious.

      P.S. – Are you still cold up there, and do you prefer it to last year’s heat? I hope things are more pleasant for you this year, than last.

  4. Henning Nielsen

    Governments have no shame. Shame is for those who fly, except to climate conferences.

  5. I_am_not_a_robot

    Estimated or not around 50% of the ~1C net warming during the 20th century occurred before human CO2 emissions could have been a significant factor:
    http://woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1910/to:1945/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1980/to:2018/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1910
    https://cdn.zmescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Global-CO2-emissions-by-region-since-1751.png

  6. Saighdear

    Meanwhile, if / when you TRUST german engineering / tech stuff, then yo ” trust” all alse they do? Somehing to do with automobiles springs to mind…. I’ve forgoten- ‘cos I just learned / was taught, to TRUST.
    See where that gets you nowadays. Yep, we have to have a Hunger for Compliance.

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