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Pachauri rejects claims that findings based on essay

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 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 2, 2010 - 18:44

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