Digital News Report – After calls for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman Rajendra Pachauri to step down, the controversial leader of the United Nation says he will stay.
An IPCC panel admitted they were mistaken when they said the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035. The report indicated that the Himalayan sheets were melting faster than any other glaciers in the world.
Rajendra has been chair of the IPCC since 2002 and he and former Vice President Al Gore shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
The mistake appeared in the Fourth Assessment Report. “Glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world… the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high.”
Immediately scientists questioned the data. The Indian born Rajendra has also faced opposition to various factions in the Indian Government.
Rajendra told the BBC the mistake was “human error”. Others, including the London Times, call the error sloppy research. The data were taken from unpublished studies.
By: Mark Williams