UN sets up independent review of IPCC

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UN sets up independent review of IPCC
United Nations, Mar 11: The United Nations has set up an independent review of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the wake of the panel's 'Himalayan' goof-up.

IPCC has come under the fire over a 2007 report that erroneously claimed that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri announced the decision to set up the review, which will be conducted by the InterAcademy Council, completely independent of UN.

"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," Ban said on Thursday, Mar 11.

InterAcademy Council (IAC), which is a multinational organisation of science academies crated to produce reports on scientific, technological and health issues, has declared its readiness to take on the challenge of reviewing the IPCC.

"Our goal will be to ensure nations around the world that they will receive sound scientific advice on climate science with which governments and citizens alike can make informed decisions," said IAC co-chair Robbert Dijkgraaf.

Since the time glacial blunder of IPCC came to light, there have been demands for inquiry into the work of the panel.

While IPCC claims that it is a typographical error, the controversy has left a dent in the image and the credibility of the IPCC apart from raising questions on the authenticity of the global warming and climate change theories.

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