Friday, February 5, 2010

India backs embattled climate chief Pachauri

India has firmly backed climate change chief Rajendra Pachauri - who has been under attack over recent scientific errors - at UN-led talks in Delhi.
PM Manmohan Singh said India had "full confidence" in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its chairman, Dr Pachauri.

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh, previously critical of the IPCC, said the government backed him to the hilt.
The Delhi talks are the first major climate change forum since Copenhagen.
The convention comes amid a row over climate change science which has seen sceptics seize on scientific errors to support their case.
The IPCC - the UN's climate science body - admitted last month that it had made a mistake in asserting that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035, a date it included in its 2007 assessment of climate impacts.
The issue, which BBC News first reported on 5 December, has reverberated around climate websites since. Read more.

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