U.N. Climate Panel Work To Be Reviewed By Independent Body

March 11th, 2010 - 9:02 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
unWashington, Mar 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A prominent international scientific organization would be reviewing the work and research of the United Nations climate change panel after it has been revealed that there were few errors in its 2007 report on global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had been at the receiving end of intense criticisms after it accepted that the 2007 reports had inflated the extent of the melting of the Himalayan glaciers.

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, has revealed to reporters that the InterAcademy Council (IAC) would be taking up the responsibility to thoroughly review the research and the management practices of IPCC. It has also been stated that the Amsterdam-based council, which comprises of presidents of 15 leading science academics, would be undertaking the job of taking a look at the panel “completely independently of the United Nations”. Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon also accepted that the 2007 global warming report of IPCC indeed had few errors but at the same time also emphasized that there is no evidence to brush away the basic conclusion of the report that human activities were significantly contributing to global warming. However, the errors have fueled doubts about the authenticity of the entire 3,000 page report.

While reacting to the prospect that an international body would be evaluating the work of the panel, IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri expressed hope that the review would be instrumental in reinstating the faith of the people. Moreover, the IPCC chairman also implied that given the amount of criticisms that the panel had to face, he was welcoming the initiative to analyze the work of the panel.

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