Reference: Ban makes climate plea in Arctic Circle, Bangkok Post, September 3, 2009
After the 2007 summer melt, climate scientists had predicted that Arctic ice would not fully recover and that therefore there would be less and less Arctic ice every winter until the Arctic became ice free in 2030 and that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels were to blame. Instead, the ice fully recovered in 2008 and these forecasts are now irrelevant given post 2007 data. Yet the 2007 forecast has taken on a life of its own now putting the top man in the United Nations in the embarrassing position of being the poster boy for a lame duck prophesy (Ban makes climate plea in Arctic Circle, Bangkok Post, September 3, 2009). Greenpeace, the organization that got the Arctic ice melt scare started, is now back-pedaling on the idea and under questioning on BBC's “Hardtalk”, Gerd Leipold, the retiring leader of Greenpeace withdrew from that position saying that they had erred.