Controversy over Greenpeace hijacked report

The IPCC is the result of a great deal of scientific cooperation from across the world and it is produced some interesting data about climate change. In 2007, the group reported that human activities were definitely causing some damage to the Earth by encouraging global warming. This put to rest various theories that global warming was not being primarily caused by human beings.

There has been some controversy over the report because it has been hijacked by Greenpeace and they have used it to promote figures from the report that have been manipulated by the group. This has meant that the real report, with factual data has been somewhat buried under a media storm of controversy.

In the Greenpeace report they stated that the original report said that 80 percent of electricity could be generated by renewable sources within 40 years. In actual fact the original report said that the most optimistic data predicted a value of 77 percent. However, the least optimistic figures suggested that the world would only be capable of drawing 15 percent of its power from renewable sources in the same time frame.

Not all of this failure can be blamed on Greenpeace and much of the original report suffered because the communication by the scientific group was not good enough. There were some statements in the report that were also counter-productive and the group will have learned important lessons from releasing this 3000 page document.

Of course, with documents of such length, there are bound to be errors made, especially when it comes to the media’s interpretation of the report. In the future, the organisation will be sure to remember that their documents are going to be scrutinised heavily by the media, and they will make efforts to ensure that there can be no misinterpretation by various media outlets and journalists.