World leaders back embattled Pachauri

Last Updated: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 21:04

New Delhi: Embattled UN climate panel chief R K
Pachauri today found support from world leaders attending the
climate change conference here as they contended that some
mistake in the IPCC report does not change the basic facts of
global warming.

"Those who took delight in chastising the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its prediction on melting
of Himalayan glaciers by 2035 missed the point ... we in
Bhutan feel and see for ourselves the rapid change in the
surroundings," Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Thinley said.
He was addressing the 10th Delhi Sustainable Development
Summit (DSDS) here.

Similar were the views of the Prime Ministers of Norway,
Greece and Finland who spoke at the DSDS. They unequivocally
backed the IPCC report and its findings about the impact of
global warming on glaciers and rising sea levels.

"We do not want to give a false sense of hope to our people
by telling them that climate change is not happening," said
Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, a tiny Pacific nation
comprising 32 atolls and one raised coral island.

"Some of the recommendations have been subject to
criticism. In principle I welcome criticism. I also
congratulate Pachauri for taking prompt steps to correct
mistakes," Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 5, 2010 - 21:04
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