Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Climate Chief KNEW of False Glacier Claims Before Copenhagen

From The Times January 30, 2010 -Ben Webster

The Times of London reports that research has shown that IPCC's assessment that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 was false, and Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of IPCC, was told this way before the Copenhagen summit.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)is the U.N.'s leading climate change watchdog. Many look to the organization to be a respectable purveyor of truth. But Pachauri waited two months, until after the Copenhagen summit, to correct the false From The Times January 30, 2010report that his organization had published. He failed to act despite knowing that their claim had been refuted by leading glaciologists.

The IPCC’s report that the glaciers were melting at an alarming rate was the foundation for many proposals at Copenhagen for drastic cuts in global emissions.

However, most glaciologists believe the Himalayan glaciers are so thick and high altitude that at their present rate, they will take hundreds of years to melt. Some are growing and many show little sign of change.

Dr Pachauri, who played a leading role at the summit, corrected the error only after coming under media pressure following the summit. He told The Times on January 22 that he had only known about the error a few days.

When asked whether he had kept silent deliberately to avoid embarrassment at Copenhagen, he said: “That’s ridiculous. It never came to my attention before the Copenhagen summit. It wasn’t in the public sphere.”

"However, Pallava Bagla, who writes for Science journal, said he had asked Dr Pachauri about the 2035 error in November of 2009.

Dr Pacharui has also been accused of using the error to win grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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