Indian PM backs UN climate panel
INDIA: Indian Premier Manmohan Singh on Friday lent his
support to the beleaguered UN climate change panel, saying a glaring
error in the body's key 2007 report did not change the science of global
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been under
fire since revelations last month that its landmark Fourth Assessment
Report mistakenly predicted that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by
2035 as a result of global warming.
The claim has been traced to the campaign group WWF, which in turn
took the prediction from an article in New Scientist magazine in 1999.
Addressing a summit on sustainable development, Singh acknowledged
that "some aspects of science reflected in the work of the IPCC have
"But this debate does not challenge the core projections of the IPCC
upon the impact of greenhouse gas accumulations on temperature, rainfall
and sea level rise," he said.
"Let me reassert that India has full confidence in the IPCC process
and its leadership and will support it in every way," said Singh.
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who questioned the 2035 prediction
and earlier slammed the IPCC's peer-review standards said the government
backed the panel's embattled chairman, Rajendra Pachauri an Indian "to
The controversy has dented the credibility of the IPCC which does not
carry out its own research and given new life to climate sceptics who
have questioned the process by which the body publishes data. New Delhi,