Climate scientists are only humans: Pachauri`s deputy
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 00:07
London: With the IPCC and its Chairman Rajendra Pachauri coming under fire over the Himalayan glacier blunder, the UN body's deputy defended him saying scientists are "only humans" who can make "mistakes."

Climate scientists are "only humans" who can make mistakes like everyone else, said Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the deputy leader of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Van Ypeersele also apparently saw nothing wrong over Pachauri using the word "voodoo science" to slam India's Environment ministry which contested the UN body's claim.

The UN's climate science body is under attack after being forced to retract claims that the Himalayan Glaciers would melt by 2035. The 2007 report, that included the Himalayan claim, is the basis for the current international debate on climate change.

However, Van Ypersele told the BBC it was simply a "human mistake", the Daily Telegraph reported.

"Aren't mistakes human? Even the IPCC is a human institution and I do not know of any human institution that does not make mistakes, so of course it is a regrettable incident that we published that wrong description of the Himalayan glacier," he said.

The scandal has led to calls for Pachauri to resign after he described those who criticised the claim as using "voodoo science". India's Environment ministry had contested the IPCC's projection of Himalayan glaciers melting by 2035.

Again, Van Ypersele, professor of climatology and environmental sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain, said it was "only human" to use such language.


First Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 00:07

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