UN to review climate panel

UN to review climate panel

Forward looking measures.

“... We need to ensure full transparency, accuracy and objectivity and minimise the potential of any error going forward. I have initiated in tandem with the head of the IPCC a comprehensive independent review of the IPCC’s procedures and processes,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters here.

Ban on Wednesday said: “There were a very small number of errors” in the 3,000 pages of the beleaguered Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s last major synthesis of climate data in 2007.

The decision to review was announced by Ban and IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri in the wake of the report which erroneously claimed that Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. The error has also been attributed to a typographical error with the words 2035 appearing instead of 2350.

But those errors, which include projections of retreats in Himalayan glaciers, have put public confidence in the Nobel Prize winning panel’s work at risk. “This review will be done completely independent of the United Nations,” he said.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, a Dutch mathematical physicist who co-chairs the group the InterAcademy Council of 15 nations’ national academies of science, said: “We enter this process with no preconceived conclusions.”

The investigations into the procedures and process of the UN climate change panel will be “forward looking”, Dijkgraaf told journalists here.

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