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`IPCC didn`t correct glaciers report despite being informed`

Last Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 09:21

London: RK Pachauri, chairman of the UN
panel on Climate Change, took two months to correct the report
about melting Himalayan glaciers despite being informed before
last year`s Copenhagen Summit, a media report claimed on Saturday,
but the climate czar termed it as "ridiculous".

"Pachauri was told that the Inter-government Panel on
Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by
2035 was wrong but he waited two months to correct it. He
failed to act despite learning that the claim had been refuted
by several leading glaciologists," The Times reported today.
The IPCC`s report underpinned the proposals at
Copenhagen for drastic cuts in global emissions, it said.

Asked whether he had deliberately kept silent about
the error to avoid embarrassment at Copenhagen, Pachauri told
the newspaper: "That`s ridiculous. It never came to my
attention before the Copenhagen summit. It wasn`t in the
public sphere."
The report said Pachauri, who played a leading role at
the December Copenhagen summit, corrected the error last week
after coming under media pressure.

Pachauri had last week admitted that the report about
melting of Himalayan glaciers was a mistake, but ruled out his
resignation on the issue.


First Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 09:21
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