IPCC Pads Review Editors

Ross McKitrick points out that IPCC AR4 Chapter 3 listed three Review Editors, one of whom was Bubu Jallow:

On Oct 31, 2006, Kevin Trenberth (with Phil Jones, one of two Coordinating Lead Authors of chapter 3) wrote to IPCC protesting Jallow’s inclusion as a Lead Author because he did not attend any meetings, answer any emails or play any “role” whatsoever in the preparation of Chapter 3.

IPCC listed Bubu Jallow as a Chapter 3 Review Editor anyway – presumably on the basis that there was nothing in his conduct that fell below IPCC standards for due diligence.


  1. 007
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

    When the AGW crowd talks about a consensus, I suppose they include Mr. Jallow in it….

  2. David Holland
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    Perhaps I might chip in that there seems to have been an out break of honesty in the UK. Remember in March, UEA found that they did have the spreadsheet of comments from the “new guidelines”. Now two years after I first asked for it Reading Uni have found they did after all have something I asked for. There are a few interesting things but it is not Climatgate II and I don’t think its everything.

    Also Ofcom have had an attack of honesty and pretty much admitted there never was a complaint from the IPCC. As Martin Durkin told me it just magically became so. As I am still dealing with the Information Tribunal I had better leave it at that, but it its a good story.

  3. chris y
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

    “IPCC listed Babu Jallow as a Chapter 3 Review Editor anyway – presumably on the basis that there was nothing in his conduct that fell below IPCC standards for due diligence.”

    Sheer poetry!

  4. Pat Frank
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    One has to laugh. Steve, your drollery is reaching criminal levels. Well done. 😀

  5. Pat Frank
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 1:16 PM | Permalink

    The Gambia Daily Observer had a very admiring piece on Babu Pateh Jallow, who was not at all shy about admitting his central role in the IPCC as an author and lead editor.

    By his own account his many IPCC duties must have kept him very busy, which may explain why he didn’t have time to attend meetings or respond to Kevin’s emails.

    It does seem there are irreconcilable difference between Babu Jallow’s testimonial modesty and Kevin Trenberth’s critical recollections.

    The Gambia Observer finished by noting that Babu Pateh Jallow qualified for Nobel laureate standing, right along with Al Gore.

  6. KevinUK
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

    Well Steve,

    I suppose it’s a bit tricky to claim a consensus of 2,500 of the world’s leading climate scientists unless of course you can (as the IPCC has done here) get to pad out (by 33% in this case) the numbers a bit.


  7. Pat Frank
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

    Oops, ‘Bubu,’ not “Babu.” My booboo. 🙂

    • Posted May 31, 2010 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

      Steve actually started with this typo himself. The correct name is “Bubu” but Steve always writes “Babu”.

      It’s surely politically correct for Bubu to be an IPCC co-author even without contributing one second of his life or one bit of information – that’s how the PC U.N. “science” works, and it is unfortunately not just the U.N. “science”. What wouldn’t they do for the sake of diversity? Fabricating the author lists is the smallest tiny “sin” they are always ready to make.

      snip – sorry about that.

  8. Steve McIntyre
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    I corrected my rendering of the Review Editor’s name from Babu to the strangely apt Bubu .

    • don
      Posted May 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM | Permalink

      Actually, I thought you misspelled and meant Bubba Jallow. It sounds so much better, well natural, when talking about “tricks.”

  9. Mike
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    What was Martin Manning’s response?

  10. PJB
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

    You’re a mean man, Steve, but fair. 😉

  11. Fred
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 7:03 PM | Permalink

    That wasn’t a typo, it was a boo-boo spelling Bubu as Babu.

    Just saying. . . .

  12. Craig Loehle
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 7:13 PM | Permalink

    And the Nobel Prize Bubu got was worth every second he put into it.

  13. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 8:17 PM | Permalink

    From the IPCC documentation at S.5 of http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ipcc-principles/ipcc-principles-appendix-a.pdf

    “Although responsibility for the final text remains with the Lead Authors, Review Editors will need to ensure that where significant differences of opinion on scientific issues remain, such differences are described in an annex to the Report. Review Editors must submit a written report to the Working Group Sessions or the Panel and where appropriate, will be requested to attend Sessions of the Working Group and of the IPCC to communicate their findings from the review process and to assist in finalising the Summary for Policymakers, Overview Chapters of Methodology Reports and Synthesis Reports. The names of all Review Editors will be acknowledged in the Reports.”

    If Jallow signed off as required of a Review Editor, was he committing -snip- ? If he did not sign off, is the IPPC Chapter 3 an invalid document that should be withdrawn?

    Steve: Jallow sent a signed sign-off letter to IPCC as Review Editor.

  14. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Jun 1, 2010 at 2:10 AM | Permalink

    Then if the accusation is correct, that Jallow did nothing except sign off, was he paid? If so, how much?

  15. Mike M.
    Posted Jun 1, 2010 at 3:25 AM | Permalink

    Is that you Boo Boo?

  16. jaymam
    Posted Jun 1, 2010 at 5:35 AM | Permalink

    I sometimes find it useful to check the CRU emails for interesting names, e.g. jallow.
    I wonder what Guardian and BBC article this refers to.


    From: Susan Solomon
    To: xxx
    Subject: [Wg1-ar4-las] Inappropriate Press Reports
    Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 10:17:35 -0700
    Cc: renate christ, bubu jallow2, bubu jallow1, Jian Liu, jouzel, IPCC Chair

    Dear Colleagues,
    It has come to our attention that certain preliminary results of the WG1 draft report may have been provided inappropriately to the press, particularly the Guardian and the BBC.

    Please do not give anyone the impression that you can currently represent information on behalf of the IPCC, or provide information about the draft material in the report. To do so would be not only a great discourtesy to your colleagues but may allow others to question the credibility of the IPCC process.

  17. geo
    Posted Jun 1, 2010 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    “…presumably on the basis that there was nothing in his conduct that fell below IPCC standards for due diligence.”

    Oh, SNAP! I suspect you know what values were really being pursued here –inclusiveness for third world countries in the IPCC process, justified by facts or not. One more drop in the IPCC bucket of science being pimped out by politics.

  18. TAC
    Posted Jun 1, 2010 at 8:10 AM | Permalink

    Steve, yet another hilarious example of IPCC “rigor”. I give Kevin Trenberth credit for trying to correct it.

    Anyway, I cannot thank you enough for the pleasure your blog brings me each week when I read the latest chapter in this bizarre climate story. You couldn’t make this stuff up!

    Of course, I still have nagging worries about the climate — humanity is likely messing things up just like in the Gulf of Mexico — but I long ago gave up on the IPCC for science; for me, at least, it’s now all about entertainment. 😉

  19. jaymam
    Posted Jun 1, 2010 at 8:19 AM | Permalink

    There’s a nice picture of Mr Jallow here, at the Global Environment Facility briefing on National Adaptation Programmes of Action and national focal point support for least developed countries:


    The jargon at that site is truly astounding!

  20. Posted Jun 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

    Jayman- These are the articles:

    BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4761804.stm

    Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2006/feb/28/science.frontpagenews

    • Posted Jun 2, 2010 at 5:34 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been living in Europe for a good number of years now. That kind of language is normal here. It’s the product of mish-mash bureaucracy.

      • Posted Jun 2, 2010 at 5:38 AM | Permalink

        Allow me to translate what they are saying:

  21. Erik in Cairo
    Posted Jun 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

    I was curious about Mr. Jallow’s credentials. This is what I found.

    From: http://www.naspanigeria.org/docs/march/NASPA_PROGRAMME.pdf

    “Bubu Pateh Jallow is the Project Manager UNEP African Regional Office in Nairobi. Before relocating to Nairobi, he was the Project Manager of Climate Change and Development Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CC-DARE), a Paris-based joint UNEP/UNDP programme for Sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Danish Government. Mr Jallow headed the Gambian delegations to all UNFCCC climate change negotiations from 2002to 2006. In 2000 he served as Vice President of the COP 5 Bureau of the UNFCCC. From November 2007 to September 2008 he served as the Focal Point of the Clean Development Mechanism Designated National Authority of the Gambia. He also served as a member and chairman of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group from March 2002 to March 2003 and was again elected to serve from March 2005 to September 2008 He served as the Permanent Representative of the World Meteorological Organisation in the Gambia from May 2000 to 2006. He also helped to develop the capacity of the Climate Change Teams of Rwandan, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Madagscar, Lesotho, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and The Gambia on Development of Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Mitigation Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment. He has been a member of the Pan-African Committee on START from 2002 to 2004 and a member of the Remote Sensing Society in the United Kingdom. Mr Jallow has a BSc in Meteorology from University of Reading, England; MSc in Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications from University of Dundee, Scotland and a postgraduate Diploma in Agro meteorology and Semi-Arid Lands from Israel.”

    • Craig Loehle
      Posted Jun 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM | Permalink

      He could be a perfectly clever fellow with all sorts of degrees, but if he contributed nothing but was listed, it is “padding”.

  22. MJ
    Posted Jun 2, 2010 at 11:10 PM | Permalink

    OK, I lollied. 🙂

  23. Posted Jun 3, 2010 at 5:27 AM | Permalink

    My analysis of the CRU emails shows that 50% of the emails were accounted for by 32 people and 90% of the mails from only 12 high-level domains. This supports the contention that contributers like Buba Jallow were given sinecures to give the impression that there was a world-wide consensus.

  24. Another Layman Lurker
    Posted Jun 5, 2010 at 6:49 AM | Permalink

    Apologies if this is known –
    The InterAcademy Council Review of the IPCC Procedures and Processes next meeting is at McGill University on June 15 and shall provide a live audio webcast at

    More details, plus list of speakers and times TBA, on

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