Pachauri to stay despite IPCC wrong reports row

Written by: Mamatha
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Rajendra Pachauri
New Delhi, Aug 31: At a meeting of the Inter Academy Council in New York the Council has decided not to take any action against Rajendra Pachauri and he will stay on as the chairman of the UN Climate panel.

However, they have acknowledged that there were some errors in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

The IPCC was widely criticized after admitting its 2007 global warming report wrongly said Himalayan glaciers would vanish by 2035 and that it overstated how much of the Netherlands is below sea level.

The Review panel suggested - a fundamental reform in the climate panel's structure, including appointing of an executive director to be at the helm of its affairs.

The report said the 12-year limit for the chair of the IPCC was too long and should be shortened.

It also recommended replacing the top eight officials responsible for producing the United Nations reports every seven years or so.

The review panel also suggested that the climate panel make predictions only when solid scientific evidence was in place.

So while, Pachauri will continue for now as chairperson, what remains to be seen is whether any of these actions will lead to better climate science and more accurate findings of the impact of climate change by the IPCC.

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