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Climate data error: UN panel apologises
Published on 21 Jan. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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R K Pachauri, headed Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finally apologized today for giving wrong report that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035. The Nobel winning body admitted its mistake saying it was an error to include that date in 2007 assessment. IPCC however said one mistake does not damage its credibility. Its broad picture on climate change remains the same. Earlier, IPCC’s head RK Pachauri had said he would like an end to the controversy but does not want to rake up the issue before a formal response was prepared. The controversy was triggered by a section of a 2007 report by IPCC which said that the probability of glaciers in the Himalayas “disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high.” When a group of Indian scientists led by India’s senior-most glaciologist V K Raina had objected to it, Pachauri had dismissed their work on melting of Himalayan glaciers as “voodoo science”. In a statement from its chair and vice chairs and co-chairs of its working groups, the global body of over 2,500 climate scientists “regretted the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures in this instance. This episode demonstrates that the quality of the assessment depends on absolute adherence to the IPCC standards, including thorough review of ‘the quality and validity of each source before incorporating results from the source into an IPCC Report’. We reaffirm our strong commitment to ensuring this level of performance.”

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