Pachauri rejects claims that findings based on essay
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 18:44
New Delhi: UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chief R K Pachauri today dismissed as "unfounded and baseless", claims that its findings on disappearing ice from the world's mountain peaks was based on a doctoral student's essay.

"The allegations (that the finding was based on an essay by a student and an article in a magazine) are totally unfounded and baseless. I maintain that the IPCC monitoring systems are still robust and solid," Pachauri told PTI.

The IPCC credibility has come under attack in the past few days for picking a report that Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035 from a science magazine without peer-reviewing it, a fault later admitted and regretted by the climate body.

"Yes, there was only this error which we accepted and corrected as well when it was brought to our notice. I still maintain that the IPCC monitoring systems are still robust and solid," he said.

On allegations over scientific errors regarding Amazon forests and disappearing of ice in world's mountain peaks, he said, "The IPCC is correct on its claim on both issues."

A UK media report had questioned the IPCC's decision to cite a WWF report to support its claim that 40 per cent of Amazon forests could disappear due to declining rainfall and even be replaced by tropical savannah.


First Published: Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 18:44

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