The Indian government has established its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it â€œcannot relyâ€ on the United Nationsâ€™ 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 â€œvoodoo scienceâ€, 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 worldâ€™s â€˜third ice capâ€™, and an â€˜Indian IPCCâ€™ to use â€˜climate scienceâ€™ to assess the impact of global warming throughout the country.
â€œThere is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for climate science. I think people misused [the] IPCC report, [the] IPCC doesnâ€™t do the original research which is one of the weaknessesâ€¦ they just take published literature and then they derive assessments, so we had goof-ups on Amazon forest, glaciers, snow peaks.