Need for precise information on climate change: Shyam Saran

Last Updated: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 14:10

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of an IPCC
report making a wrong conclusion about Himalayan glaciers
melting, Prime Minister`s Special Envoy on Climate Change
Shyam Saran on Monday harped on more research to generate precise
information on the matter.

"It is clear that climate is changing. Now we need precise
information on the subject," he said.

Saran`s views assume significance in the wake of a report
of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC)
wrongly concluding that the glaciers in the Himalayas will
disappear by 2035 due to global warming. IPCC chief R K
Pachauri has admitted that the mistake cropped up due to a
"human error".

Saran, however, defended Pachauri and said he should not
step down from his post.

"Pachauri has played an important role in raising
awareness not only in India but also internationally. He is
highly respected internationally. Just because one mistake has
occurred in a particular report, he should not step down,"
Saran told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on
`Climate Change` organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

He said the IPCC report should not be termed as wrong just
because of one mistake in it.

To a question whether Bt Brinjal farming should be allowed
in India, Saran said, "I do not have any view about Bt Brinjal
because I do not deal with this issue."

The conference stressed on production of more literature
in Hindi to create awareness on the subject.


First Published: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 14:10

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