India backs embattled IPCC chief
- 01 Sep 2010 10:50 (South Africa)
The Indian government says that it remained fully supportive of Rajendra Pachauri, chief of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is supposed to sift through scientific reports and make the most authoritative report on climate change for governments, but has been hit by a series of spectacular gaffs of late, most notorious being the claim in the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report that the Himalayan glaciers could be gone by 2035, a claim traced to one magazine article. The UN probe into the body recommended a top-down overhaul. Critics of the body say that there is no way that the IPCC can both follow the UN's independant report's suggestions and keep Pachauri as head of the board. To make things more interesting, Pachauri said he will only go if the climate change body's member nations voted him out. Read more: AFP and Wall Street Journal.