New Delhi, Feb 1: The UN Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's (IPCC) claims about ice melting from the world's mountain peaks was based on a student's essay, a media report said.
The IPCC report had said that reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was caused by global warming.
The report had also cited two scientific papers as its primary source of information.
According to UK newspaper The Telegraph, one source was the geography student's dissertation and the other an anecdotal article in a mountaineering magazine.
The claims may cause fresh embarrassment for the IPCC, which had apologized this month over inaccurate forecasts about the melting of Himalayan glaciers.