No action against scientists, indicates Pachauri
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Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010, 22:01
New Delhi: IPCC Chairman R K Pachauri today termed as "regrettable error" the claim that Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035 and indicated that there will be no action against any scientist for the controversial conclusion.

However, he said that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would review and strengthen its processes in the future.

"There is a full process that is followed and attributing responsibility on specific experts may not be desirable, particularly since the error was more of one of judgement," he said.

Pachauri said that the controversy over the claim that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 "should not in any way detract from the work done by hundreds of eminent scientists carefully selected and nominated by governments."

This was stated in a 'press advisory' prepared and issued in the form of 'Frequently Asked Questions' by Pachauri a day ahead of his media interaction on the controversy generated by the claims.

The IPCC is under fire for having included in its 2007 report -- without proper peer review -- an assertion that glaciers in the Himalayas will disappear by 2035 due to global warming. It had retracted the statement just two days back.

Researcher Murari Lal was in-charge of editing the chapter on glaciers in the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC and had based the controversial finding on a media interview of glaciologist S I Hasnain.


First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010, 22:01

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