India Forms New Climate Change Body

india-flag-jpgThe Indian government has established its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it “cannot rely” on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group headed by its own leading scientist Dr R.K Pachauri.

By Dean Nelson

The move is a significant snub to both the IPCC and Dr Pachauri as he battles to defend his reputation following the revelation that his most recent climate change report included false claims that most of the Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. Scientists believe it could take more than 300 years for the glaciers to disappear.

The body and its chairman have faced growing criticism ever since as questions have been raised on the credibility of their work and the rigour with which climate change claims are assessed.

In India the false claims have heightened tensions between Dr Pachauri and the government, which had earlier questioned his glacial melting claims. In Autumn, its environment minister Mr Jairam Ramesh said while glacial melting in the Himalayas was a real concern, there was evidence that some were actually advancing despite global warming.

Dr Pachauri had dismissed challenges like these as based on “voodoo science”, but last night Mr Ramesh effectively marginalized the IPC chairman even further.

He announced the Indian government will established a separate National Institute of Himalayan Glaciology to monitor the effects of climate change on the world’s ‘third ice cap’, and an ‘Indian IPCC’ to use ‘climate science’ to assess the impact of global warming throughout the country.

“There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for climate science. I think people misused [the] IPCC report, [the] IPCC doesn’t do the original research which is one of the weaknesses… they just take published literature and then they derive assessments, so we had goof-ups on Amazon forest, glaciers, snow peaks.

Read the rest of this story at the Telegraph.

2 Responses to India Forms New Climate Change Body

  1. DeWayne February 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    The scientist in question received data with some error, as result the serious glacier melt of the Himalayas in the past was distracted because the error predicted year 2035 when most of Himalaya glaciers would be gone. It was an error, however the very serious melt of the Himalaya glaciers remains, and is continuing to become worse.
    His work when published for ‘Open Peer’ review and vetting by the world scientific community was quickly caught thanks to this forum used to validate data. Unfortunately a few “deniers” latched onto this and now claim (all) data now already obvious and provien concerning serious glacier melt in the Himalayas is (all) in error. Scientist’s involved in this part of the world especially Chinese are seriously worried about clean water supply already not available in some ares from this glacier melt plus low land flooding, these glaciers not recovering but show greater loss after each seasonal year.
    Typical of these deniers is the “Junk Science” and “The Great Global Warming Swindle” groups, these have been found similar to the number of Astroturf representatives of the Energy and related Industries. Can you believe EXXON is now claiming the greater number of scientists proving Global Warming is in great part due to these Energy Corp’s, we are now told (propaganda) are earning loving support and devotion from EXXON.

  2. Hal Groar February 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    India has finally seen the light. I will watch their report closely. I wonder who will pick it apart. This ought to be good. Watch this one guys!

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