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Climate panel sorry for glacier error

india Updated: Jan 21, 2010 07:54 IST

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted its conclusion on melting of Himalayan glaciers by 2035 was based on “poorly substantiated” estimates.

The panel, led by R.K. Pachauri, expressed “regret” for “poor application of well established procedures” for the conclusion.

“It has come to our attention that a paragraph in the Working Group II contribution to the underlying assessment refers to poorly substantiated estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers,” an IPCC statement said in Geneva on Wednesday. “The IPCC regrets the poor application of well-established procedures in this instance,” it said.

However, the IPCC stood by its overall conclusion on the accelerated melting of glaciers in major mountain ranges throughout the 21st century.