When the IPCC WGII summary was released last week, there were media reports on last-minute clashes between scientists and political types — the former pushing for the original strong language, the latter pushing to water it down. George Monbiot’s column yesterday addressed the subject, in characteristically outraged tones.
For those interested in the details, DeSmogBlog has compiled a comparison of a leaked version of the summary and the final summary released last Friday, with changes highlighted. Over at the Seattle P-I blog, Lisa Stiffler has another rundown of the changes. There’s nothing storm-the-barricades outrageous, but it’s pretty clear that all the changes are meant to reduce political pressure for action. That, I’m afraid, is a losing battle. Time to sack up.