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Indian Prime Minister backs IPCC

Quirin Schiermeier

Indian Premier Manmohan Singh has backed the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, who has come under fire for his dealing with a recently discovered error and a number of other alleged inaccuracies in the last IPCC report.

The IPCC had mistakenly stated in its 2007 report that all Himalayan glaciers are likely to melt away by 2035 as a result of global warming. The error, and allegations of conflict of interest against Pachauri, who also acts as director of The Energy Research Institute (TERI) in Delhi, have resulted in calls for Pachauri to resign as chairman of the IPCC.

Addressing a TERI-hosted meeting in Delhi on sustainable development Singh acknowledged that “some aspects of science reflected in the work of the IPCC have faced criticism”.

But he said that “India has full confidence in the IPCC process and its leadership and will support it in every way.”

Pachauri conceded last month that the IPCC’s Himalayan estimates were wrong, but asserts that he was not personally responsible for the error.


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    Jim Prall said:

    Good to see someone pushing back against the hue and cry from anti-IPCC bloggers.

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    Pete Ridley said:

    Squark as much as you like, all of those IPCCgate exposures have totally destroyed the credibility of the UN’s IPCC and its political and environmentalist supporters, The game is up – get over it.

    Best regards, Pete Ridley, human-made global climate change sceptic.

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