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Pachauri rubbishes govt-backed report on melting of glaciers

Rubbishing the claim by a government-backed study that melting of glaciers was not due to climate change, leading environmentalist R K Pachauri today dubbed it as "totally unsubstantiated scientific opinion" and flayed Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for endorsing it.

delhi Updated: Nov 15, 2009 10:54 IST

Rubbishing the claim by a government-backed study that melting of glaciers was not due to climate change, leading environmentalist R K Pachauri today dubbed it as "totally unsubstantiated scientific opinion" and flayed Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for endorsing it.

Pachauri, the head of Nobel prize winner Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said it was universally acknowledged that glaciers were melting because of climate change and the same applied to Indian glaciers.

"Everywhere in the world, glaciers are melting due to climate change, the Arctic is melting because of climate change. What is so special about Indian glaciers?" Pachauri told PTI.

The study by former deputy director general of the Geological Survey of India V K Raina has claimed that while most glaciers are in the process of retreat, some Himalayan glaciers, such as the Siachen glacier, are actually advancing and some others are retreating at a rate lower than before, such as the Gangotri glacier.

The study, which was released by Ramesh last week, also claimed that climate change can't be cited as a reason for melting of glaciers in the absence of conclusive scientific evidence, a view that contradicts that of IPCC.

Questioning the basis of the study supported by the Environment Ministry, Pachauri asked, "How can you come to the conclusion that it is not climate change and something else? You give the reasons first. I don't know why the minister is supporting this one-man research."