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Did ‘Himalayan blunder’ help TERI get lucrative grants?

india Updated: Jan 24, 2010 23:47 IST
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s faulty claim that most of the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 had helped Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) win grants worth several million pounds, a news report in London-based Sunday Times said.

R.K. Pachauri heads both —IPCC and TERI.

The newspaper claimed, TERI was awarded grants up to £310,000 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the lion’s share of the £2.5m EU grant funded by European taxpayers.

The IPCC’s claim on Himalayan glaciers was reportedly the basis for getting both contracts. Syed Iqbal Hasnain, the source of IPCC’s 2035 claim on melting of large number of Himalayan glaciers, is part of TERI’s glaciology division.

It was a competitive bid, says TERI

Refuting the claims made by the newspaper, TERI said it participated in the competitive bid as a partner in a consortium of institutions led by a European institution and involved in several other Indian institutions including IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur.

With regard to Carnegie Corporation project, TERI said, “Our collaboration with this Centre is for purpose of training and teaching in glaciology.”

Pachauri, who has been under attack in British media since the Copenhagen summit, said, “I am the easiest target as I represent the poor and the most vulnerable… The money with climate sceptics is much more than there is for saving the planet from climate change.”