Himalayan melting by 2035? Scientists just assumed so

The research is amazing! In fact, a Indian scientist had a report before Copenhagen that the Himalayas would not melt for atleast 2350. The IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri did not agree with the report citing that the IPCC peer reviewed research shows 2035 as a more likely outcome. And this is the kind of research he was talking about.

Two years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was that the world’s glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days, the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC’s 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, an obscure Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was “speculation” and not supported by any formal research.

If confirmed, it would be one of the most serious failures yet seen in climate research. The IPCC was set up precisely to ensure that world leaders had the best possible scientific advice on climate change.

via Himalayan melting by 2035? Scientists just assumed so – US – World – The Times of India.

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