Email leak: Pachauri defends climate findings

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Pachauri defends climate change findings
Copenhagen, Dec 7: At the inauguration of the United Nations summit, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chief Rajendra Pachauri dismissed allegations by skeptics that the climate change data were exaggerated, stressing that the panel was 'transparent and objective'.

This came as a response to recent leak by global- warming skeptics of a partial exchange of e-mails between scientists in the IPCC. E-mails from the University of East Anglia in England which were posted on blogs suggest that climate change effects should be exaggerated.

"Given the wide ranging nature of (climate) change that is likely to be taken in hand some naturally find it inconvenient to accept its inevitability. The recent incidents of stealing the e-mails of scientists at the University of East Anglia shows that some would go to the extent of carrying out illegal acts perhaps in an attempt to discredit the IPCC," Pachauri said.

"The internal consistency from multiple lines of evidence strongly supports the work of the scientific community, including those individuals singled out in these e-mail exchanges, many of whom have dedicated their time and effort to develop these findings," he added.

"The IPCC assessment process is designed to ensure consideration of all relevant scientific information from established journals with robust peer review processes, or from other sources which have undergone robust and independent peer review," Pachauri assured.

The controversy which broke out ahead of the UN summit was seen as a campaign to disrupt the summit.

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