Alister Doyle, Reuter’s Environment Correspondent, May 26, 2011
“The U.N. committee of climate scientists will fix any future errors “within a week or so”, its head said on Wednesday, after coming under fire last year for bungling a forecast of when Himalayan glaciers would thaw.”
“I think we now have a firm procedure by which we are going to deal with errors, or alleged errors,” Rajendra Pachauri told Reuters during a visit to Oslo, referring to a set of reforms agreed at a meeting in Abu Dhabi on May 17.
The panel’s 2007 report, the main guide for governments in fighting climate change, included an incorrect projection that all Himalayan glaciers could vanish by 2035, hundreds of years earlier than scientists’ projections.
Pachauri said that a “failure of communication” had contributed to delaying the correction of the Himalayan melt — a scientist spotted the Himalayan error but his doubts did not reach IPCC leaders.” (more…)