- The Indian government’s move is a significant snub to both the IPCC and Dr
Pachauri as he battles to defend his reputation following the revelation his
most recent climate change report included false claims that most of the
Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. Scientists believe it could take
more than 300 years for the glaciers to disappear
· He announced the Indian government will established a separate National
Institute of Himalayan Glaciology to monitor the effects of climate change
on the world’s ‘third ice cap’, and an ‘Indian IPCC’ to use ‘climate
science’ to assess the impact of global warming throughout the country.
“There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for
climate science. I think people misused [the] IPCC report, [the] IPCC
doesn’t do the original research which is one of the weaknesses … they just
take published literature and then they derive assessments, so we had
goof-ups on Amazon forest, glaciers, snow peaks.
“I respect the IPCC but India is a very large country and cannot depend only
on [the] IPCC and so we have launched the Indian Network on Comprehensive
Climate Change Assessment (INCCA),” he said.
It will bring together 125 research institutions throughout India, work with
international bodies and operate as a “sort of Indian IPCC,” he added.