Will fight any attempt to unseat Pachauri: Ramesh

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New Delhi, Mar 15: Expressing confidence on R K Pachauri, head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who is facing the heat for the erroneous predictions in the IPCC report, the government said that it will fight any attempt to unseat him.

"We have full confidence in Chairman of IPCC. We are backing IPCC Chairman (Pachauri) and will fight any attempt to unseat him," Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha.

He said that the government had objected to the alarm caused by Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC, which suggested that Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035.

"India's objections to the report were upheld and we were vindicated,"  the minister said.

He added that the report were based on poorly substantiated estimates of recession.

"In drafting the paragraph on the subject in question, the clear and well established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly," he said.

Ramesh said that some glaciers were retreating at decelerating rate like the Gangotri glacier, while some were accelerating.

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